William Carlos Williams Quotes

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William Carlos Williams quotes: My first poem was a bolt from the blue ... it broke a spell of disillusion and suicidal despondence. ... it filled me with soul satisfying joy My first poem was a bolt from the blue ... it broke a spell of disillusion and suicidal despondence. ... it filled me with soul satisfying joy
William Carlos Williams quotes: Unless there is a new mind there cannot be a new line, the old will go on repeating itself with recurring deadliness Unless there is a new mind there cannot be a new line, the old will go on repeating itself with recurring deadliness
William Carlos Williams quotes: The poem is a capsule where we wrap up our punishable secrets. The poem is a capsule where we wrap up our punishable secrets.
William Carlos Williams quotes: There is nothing beginning nor end to the imagination but it delights in its own seasons reversing the usual order at will. There is nothing beginning nor end to the imagination but it delights in its own seasons reversing the usual order at will.
William Carlos Williams quotes: The noiseless wheels of my carrush with a crackling sound overdried leaves as I bow and pass smiling. The noiseless wheels of my car
rush with a crackling sound over
dried leaves as I bow and pass smiling.
William Carlos Williams quotes: Imagination though it cannot wipe out the sting of remorse can instruct the mind in its proper uses. Imagination though it cannot wipe out the sting of remorse can instruct the mind in its proper uses.
William Carlos Williams quotes: Everyone in this life is defeated but a man, if he be a man, is not defeated. Everyone in this life is defeated but a man, if he be a man, is not defeated.
William Carlos Williams quotes: Among of green stiff old bright broken branch come white sweet May again Among of green stiff old bright broken branch come white sweet May again
William Carlos Williams quotes: As birds' wings beat the solid air without which none could fly so words freed by the imagination affirm reality by their flight. As birds' wings beat the solid air without which none could fly so words freed by the imagination affirm reality by their flight.
William Carlos Williams quotes: The past above, the future belowand the present pouring down: the roar,the roar of the present, a speechis, of necessity, my sole concern. The past above, the future below
and the present pouring down: the roar,
the roar of the present, a speech
is, of necessity, my sole concern.
William Carlos Williams quotes: A house is sometimes wine. It is sometimes more than a skin. A house is sometimes wine. It is sometimes more than a skin.
William Carlos Williams quotes: By the road to the contagious hospital under the surge of the blue mottled clouds driven from the northeast - a cold wind. By the road to the contagious hospital under the surge of the blue mottled clouds driven from the northeast - a cold wind.
William Carlos Williams quotes: For what we cannot accomplish, what is denied to love, what we have lost in the anticipation a descent follows, endless and indestructible. For what we cannot accomplish, what is denied to love, what we have lost in the anticipation a descent follows, endless and indestructible.
William Carlos Williams quotes: To hell with everything I myself have ever written. To hell with everything I myself have ever written.
William Carlos Williams quotes: I pick the hair from her eyes and watch her misery with compassion. I pick the hair from her eyes and watch her misery with compassion.
William Carlos Williams quotes: Poe gives the sense for the first time in America, that literature is serious, not a matter of courtesy but of truth. Poe gives the sense for the first time in America, that literature is serious, not a matter of courtesy but of truth.
William Carlos Williams quotes: It's a strange courageyou give me ancient star:Shine alone in the sunrisetoward which you lend no part! It's a strange courage
you give me ancient star:
Shine alone in the sunrise
toward which you lend no part!
William Carlos Williams quotes: I think all writing is a disease. You can't stop it. I think all writing is a disease. You can't stop it.
William Carlos Williams quotes: In description words adhere to certain objects, and have the effect on the sense of oysters, or barnacles. In description words adhere to certain objects, and have the effect on the sense of oysters, or barnacles.
William Carlos Williams quotes: That which is possible is inevitable. That which is possible is inevitable.
William Carlos Williams quotes: The set pieces of your faces stir me - leading citizens - but not in the same way. The set pieces of your faces stir me - leading citizens - but not in the same way.
William Carlos Williams quotes: Remorse is a virtue in that it is a stirrer up of the emotions but it is a folly to accept it is a criticism of conduct. Remorse is a virtue in that it is a stirrer up of the emotions but it is a folly to accept it is a criticism of conduct.
William Carlos Williams quotes: Hold back the edges of your gown, Ladies, we are going through hell. Hold back the edges of your gown, Ladies, we are going through hell.
William Carlos Williams quotes: O Marvelous! What new configuration will come next? I am bewildered with multiplicity. O Marvelous! What new configuration will come next? I am bewildered with multiplicity.
William Carlos Williams quotes: All to no end save beautythe eternalSo in detail they, the crowd,are beautiful All to no end save beauty
the eternal
So in detail they, the crowd,
are beautiful
William Carlos Williams quotes: The only realism in art is of the imagination. The only realism in art is of the imagination.
William Carlos Williams quotes: So much dependsupona red wheelbarrowglazed with rainwaterbeside the whitechickens. So much depends
upon
a red wheel
barrow
glazed with rain
water
beside the white
chickens.
William Carlos Williams quotes: As the rain falls so does your love bathe every open object of the world As the rain falls so does your love bathe every open object of the world
William Carlos Williams quotes: It is at the edge of the petal that love waits It is at the edge of the
petal that love waits
William Carlos Williams quotes: Poets are damned but they are not blind, they see with the eyes of angels. Poets are damned but they are not blind, they see with the eyes of angels.
William Carlos Williams quotes: If they give you lined paper, write the other way. If they give you lined paper, write the other way.
William Carlos Williams quotes: He was always on the point of 'going away', where it didn't seem to matter ... He was always on the point of 'going away', where it didn't seem to matter ...
William Carlos Williams quotes: And there grows in the mind a scent, it may be, of locust blossoms whose perfume is itself a wind moving to lead the mind away. And there grows in the mind a scent, it may be, of locust blossoms whose perfume is itself a wind moving to lead the mind away.
William Carlos Williams quotes: Prose may carry a load of ill-defined matters like a ship. But poetry is the machine which drives it, pruned to a perfect economy. Prose may carry a load of ill-defined matters like a ship. But poetry is the machine which drives it, pruned to a perfect economy.
William Carlos Williams quotes: Sorrow is my own yard where the new grass flames as it has flamed often before but not with the cold fire that closes round me this year. Sorrow is my own yard where the new grass flames as it has flamed often before but not with the cold fire that closes round me this year.
William Carlos Williams quotes: Say it! No ideas but in things. Say it! No ideas but in things.
William Carlos Williams quotes: For the beginning is assuredlythe end- since we know nothing, pureand simple, beyondour own complexities. For the beginning is assuredly
the end- since we know nothing, pure
and simple, beyond
our own complexities.
William Carlos Williams quotes: Poetry demands a different material than prose. It uses another facet of the same fact ... the spontaneous conformation of language as it is heard. Poetry demands a different material than prose. It uses another facet of the same fact ... the spontaneous conformation of language as it is heard.
William Carlos Williams quotes: The Moon, the dried weeds and the Pleiades - Seven feet tall the dark, dried weed stalks make a part of the night a red lace on the milky blue The Moon, the dried weeds and the Pleiades - Seven feet tall the dark, dried weed stalks make a part of the night a red lace on the milky blue sky
William Carlos Williams quotes: The poet thinks with his poem... The poet thinks with his poem...
William Carlos Williams quotes: Love is a young green willow shimmering at the bare wood's edge Love is a young green willow shimmering at the bare wood's edge
William Carlos Williams quotes: The HurricaneThe tree lay downon the garage roof and stretched, You have your heaven, it said, go to it. The Hurricane
The tree lay down
on the garage roof
and stretched, You
have your heaven,
it said, go to it.
William Carlos Williams quotes: beauty' is related not to 'loveliness' but to a state in which reality plays a part. beauty' is related not to 'loveliness' but to a state in which reality plays a part.
William Carlos Williams quotes: You're a romanticist. What do you think a man is, a papaya? To digest your dinner? In pill form? You're a romanticist. What do you think a man is, a papaya? To digest your dinner? In pill form?
William Carlos Williams quotes: You lethargic, waiting upon me,waiting for the fire and Iattendant upon you, shaken by your beautyShaken by your beauty Shaken. You lethargic, waiting upon me,
waiting for the fire and I
attendant upon you, shaken by your beauty
Shaken by your beauty
Shaken.
William Carlos Williams quotes: The better work men do is always done under stress and at great personal cost. The better work men do is always done under stress and at great personal cost.
William Carlos Williams quotes: [History is] a tyranny over the souls of the dead - and so the imagination of the living. [History is] a tyranny over the souls of the dead - and so the imagination of the living.
William Carlos Williams quotes: The job of the poet is to use language effectively, his own language, the only language which is to him authentic. The job of the poet is to use language effectively, his own language, the only language which is to him authentic.
William Carlos Williams quotes: MarriageSo different, this manAnd this woman:A stream flowing In a field. Marriage
So different, this man
And this woman:
A stream flowing
In a field.
William Carlos Williams quotes: Divorce is the sign of knowledge in our time. Divorce is the sign of knowledge in our time.
William Carlos Williams quotes: Death will be late to bring us aid Death will be late to bring us aid
William Carlos Williams quotes: What "love" is I don't know if it's not the response of our deepest natures to one another. What "love" is I don't know if it's not the response of our deepest natures to one another.
William Carlos Williams quotes: Most of the beauties of travel are due to the strange hours we keep to see them Most of the beauties of travel are due to the strange hours we keep to see them
William Carlos Williams quotes: The only human value of anything, writing included, is intense vision of the facts. The only human value of anything, writing included, is intense vision of the facts.
William Carlos Williams quotes: If it ain't a pleasure, it ain't a poem. If it ain't a pleasure, it ain't a poem.
William Carlos Williams quotes: I have never been one to write by rule, not even by my own rules. I have never been one to write by rule, not even by my own rules.
William Carlos Williams quotes: We laughed at the hollyhocks together and then I sprayed them with lye. Forgive me. I simply do not know what I am doing. We laughed at the hollyhocks together and then I sprayed them with lye. Forgive me. I simply do not know what I am doing.
William Carlos Williams quotes: A man is indeed a city, and for the poet there are no ideas but in things. A man is indeed a city, and for the poet there are no ideas but in things.
William Carlos Williams quotes: It is almost impossible to state what one in fact believes, because it is almost impossible to hold a belief and to define it at the same time. It is almost impossible to state what one in fact believes, because it is almost impossible to hold a belief and to define it at the same time.