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William Stafford quotes: Protest poetry could there be consensus poetry? Protest poetry
could there be consensus poetry?
William Stafford quotes: Even the upper end of the river believes in the ocean. Even the upper end of the river believes in the ocean.
William Stafford quotes: The greatest ownership of all is to glance around and understand. The greatest ownership of all is to glance around and understand.
William Stafford quotes: There are so many things admirable people do not understand. There are so many things admirable people do not understand.
William Stafford quotes: Anyone who breathes is in the rhythm business. Anyone who breathes is in the rhythm business.
William Stafford quotes: Those who champion democracy, but make a fetish of never accepting anything they don't agree with what advantage do they see in democracy? Those who champion democracy, but make a fetish of never accepting anything they don't agree with
what advantage do they see in democracy?
William Stafford quotes: Can injustice one way be corrected without the interim reaction that tries to impose injustice the other way? Can injustice one way be corrected without the interim reaction that tries to impose injustice the other way?
William Stafford quotes: If it should happen you wake up and Armageddon has come, lie still. If it should happen you wake up and Armageddon has come, lie still.
William Stafford quotes: Evening came, a paw, to the gray hut by the river. Evening came, a paw, to the gray hut by the river.
William Stafford quotes: A poem is a serious joke, a truth that has learned jujitsu. A poem is a serious joke, a truth that has learned jujitsu.
William Stafford quotes: Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn't music Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn't music
William Stafford quotes: You can lie at a banquet but you have to be honest in the kitchen. You can lie at a banquet but you have to be honest in the kitchen.
William Stafford quotes: Poverty plus confidence equalspioneers. We never doubted. Poverty plus confidence equals
pioneers. We never doubted.
William Stafford quotes: Others may be able to accept standards from another, but an artist is a person who decides. Others may be able to accept standards from another, but an artist is a person who decides.
William Stafford quotes: You are a memorytoo strong to leave this world ... You are a memory
too strong to leave this world ...
William Stafford quotes: Save the world by torturing one innocent child? Which innocent child? Save the world by torturing one innocent child? Which innocent child?
William Stafford quotes: Let the bucket of memory down into the well, bring it up. Cool, cool minutes. No one stirring, no plans. Just being there. Let the bucket of memory down into the well, bring it up. Cool, cool minutes. No one stirring, no plans. Just being there.
William Stafford quotes: Wisdom is having things right in your lifeand knowing why. Wisdom is having things right in your life
and knowing why.
William Stafford quotes: We think it is calm here, or that our storm is the right size. We think it is calm here, or that our storm is the right size.
William Stafford quotes: I'll be Pavlov, you be the dog. I'll be Pavlov, you be the dog.
William Stafford quotes: In every town we lived in, there was one great big door ready to open for anyone - the library. And I never met a library I didn't like. In every town we lived in, there was one great big door ready to open for anyone - the library. And I never met a library I didn't like.
William Stafford quotes: Politicians need citizens who will permit them to behave reasonably. Politicians need citizens who will permit them to behave reasonably.
William Stafford quotes: Some people are blinded by their experience. Soldiers know how important war is. Owners of slaves learn every day how inferior subject peoples are. Some people are blinded by their experience. Soldiers know how important war is. Owners of slaves learn every day how inferior subject peoples are.
William Stafford quotes: I have woven a parachute out of everything broken. I have woven a parachute out of everything broken.
William Stafford quotes: The earth says have a place, be what that placerequires; hear the sound the birds implyand see as deep as ridges go behindeach other. The earth says have a place, be what that place
requires; hear the sound the birds imply
and see as deep as ridges go behind
each other.
William Stafford quotes: Will you ever bring a better gift for the world than the breathing respect that you carry wherever you go right now? Will you ever bring a better gift for the world
than the breathing respect that you carry
wherever you go right now?
William Stafford quotes: A speech is something you say so as to distract attention from what you do not say. A speech is something you say so as to distract attention from what you do not say.
William Stafford quotes: Which of the horseswe passed yesterday whinniedall night in my dreams?I want that one. Which of the horses
we passed yesterday whinnied
all night in my dreams?
I want that one.
William Stafford quotes: If you purify the pond, the lilies die If you purify the pond, the lilies die
William Stafford quotes: The root and the flower have to trust each other. If the root does not trust, the plant won't blossom. The root and the flower have to trust each other. If the root does not trust, the plant won't blossom.
William Stafford quotes: There is no such thing as writer's block for writers whose standards are low enough. There is no such thing as writer's block for writers whose standards are low enough.
William Stafford quotes: If you can say it, it begins to exist. If you can say it, it begins to exist.
William Stafford quotes: The ocean and I have many pebbles To find and wash off and roll into shape. The ocean and I have many pebbles To find and wash off and roll into shape.
William Stafford quotes: On a sandbarsunlight stretches out its limbs, or is ita sycamore, so brazen, so clean and bold? On a sandbar
sunlight stretches out its limbs, or is it
a sycamore, so brazen, so clean and bold?
William Stafford quotes: I heard a bird congratulating itselfall day for being a jay.Nobody cared. But it was gladall over again, and said so, again. I heard a bird congratulating itself
all day for being a jay.
Nobody cared. But it was glad
all over again, and said so, again.
William Stafford quotes: 'Be alive,' the land says, 'listen - this is your time, your world, your pleasure.' 'Be alive,' the land says, 'listen - this is your time, your world, your pleasure.'
William Stafford quotes: I would exchange all that I have written for the next thing. I would exchange all that I have written for the next thing.
William Stafford quotes: You don't need many words if you already know what you're talking about. You don't need many words if you already know what you're talking about.
William Stafford quotes: What you fear will not go away; it will take you into yourself and bless you and keep you. That's the world, and we all live there. What you fear will not go away; it will take you into yourself and bless you and keep you. That's the world, and we all live there.
William Stafford quotes: I'll be me, but I don't like it. I'll be me, but I don't like it.
William Stafford quotes: It is as if the ordinary language we use every day has a hidden set of signals, a kind of secret code. It is as if the ordinary language we use every day has a hidden set of signals, a kind of secret code.
William Stafford quotes: Literature is not a picture of life, but is a separate experience with its own kind of flow and enhancement. Literature is not a picture of life, but is a separate experience with its own kind of flow and enhancement.
William Stafford quotes: It's love,' they say. You touch the right one and a whole half of the universe wakes up, a new half. It's love,' they say. You touch the right one and a whole half of the universe wakes up, a new half.
William Stafford quotes: Language can do what it can't say. Language can do what it can't say.
William Stafford quotes: One way to find your place is like the rain, a million requests for lodging, one that wins, finds your cheek: you find your home. One way to find your place is like the rain, a million requests for lodging, one that wins, finds your cheek: you find your home.
William Stafford quotes: Once you decide to do right, life is easy, there are no distractions. Once you decide to do right, life is easy, there are no distractions.