William Carlos Williams

1883 - 1963

A Quote by William Carlos Williams on books and clothes

No wreaths please - especially no hothouse flowers. Some common memento is better, something he prized and is known by: his old clothes - a few books perhaps.

William Carlos Williams (1883 - 1963)

Source: Tract, 1917

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A Quote by William Carlos Williams on envy

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O frost bitten blossoms, That are unfolding your wings From out the envious black branches. Bloom quickly and make much of the sunshine. The twigs conspire against you! Hear hem! They hold you from behind.

William Carlos Williams (1883 - 1963)

Source: Aux Imagistes, 1914

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A Quote by William Carlos Williams on anarchy and poverty

It's the anarchy of poverty delights me.

William Carlos Williams (1883 - 1963)

Source: The Poor, 1938, st. 1

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A Quote by William Carlos Williams on darkness, heart, nature, and stupidity

THESE are the desolate, dark weeks when nature in its barrenness equals the stupidity of man. The year plunges into night and the heart plunges lower than night.

William Carlos Williams (1883 - 1963)

Source: These, 1938, st. 1, 2

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A Quote by William Carlos Williams on anger, cooking, fame, nations, thinking, and trying

Sometimes I find myself thinking, rather wistfully, about Lao Tzu's famous dictum: 'Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish.' All around me I see something very different, let us say - a number of angry dwarfs trying to grill a whale.

William Carlos Williams (1883 - 1963)

Source: the American Grain (The Discovery of the Indies)

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A Quote by William Carlos Williams on grief, hell, and weather

Hell take curtains! Go with some show of inconvenience; sit openly - to the weather as to grief. Or do you think you can shut your grief in?

William Carlos Williams (1883 - 1963)

Source: Tract, 1917

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A Quote by William Carlos Williams on darkness

Houses - the dark side silhouetted on flashes of moonlight!

William Carlos Williams (1883 - 1963)

Source: Night

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