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Quotations From WALLACE STEVENS

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  • 11.
    If some really acute observer made as much of egotism as Freud has made of sex, people would forget a good deal about sex and find the explanation for everything in egotism.
    Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. Letter, January 10, 1936. Letters of Wallace Stevens, no. 339, ed. Holly Stevens (1967).

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  • 12.
    Perhaps it is of more value to infuriate philosophers than to go along with them.
    Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. "Adagia," Opus Posthumous (1959).
  • 13.
    One's ignorance is one's chief asset.
    Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. Opus Posthumous, "Adagia," (1959).
  • 14.
    Thought is an infection. In the case of certain thoughts, it becomes an epidemic.
    Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. Opus Posthumous, "Adagia," (1959).
  • 15.
    One cannot spend one's time in being modern when there are so many more important things to be.
    Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. Opus Posthumous, "Adagia," (1959).

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  • 16.
    How full of trifles everything is! It is only one's thoughts that fill a room with something more than furniture.
    Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. Letter, May 16, 1907, to his future wife Elsie Moll Kachel. Souvenirs and Prophecies: The Young Wallace Stevens, ch. 9, ed. Holly Stevens (1977).
  • 17.
    One ought not to hoard culture. It should be adapted and infused into society as a leaven. Liberality of culture does not mean illiberality of its benefits.
    Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. Souvenirs and Prophecies: the Young Wallace Stevens, ch. 3, entry for June 20, 1899, ed. Holly Stevens (1977).

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  • 18.
    The day of the sun is like the day of a king. It is a promenade in the morning, a sitting on the throne at noon, a pageant in the evening.
    Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. Journal entry, April 20, 1920. Souvenirs and Prophecies: the Young Wallace Stevens, ch. 6, ed. Holly Stevens (1966).

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  • 19.
    The day of the sun is like the day of a king. It is a promenade in the morning, a sitting on the throne at noon, a pageant in the evening.
    Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. Journal entry, April 20, 1920. Souvenirs and Prophecies: the Young Wallace Stevens, ch. 6, ed. Holly Stevens (1966).

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  • 20.
    A diary is more or less the work of a man of clay whose hands are clumsy and in whose eyes there is no light.
    Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. Entry for July 26, 1899. Souvenirs and Prophecies: the Young Wallace Stevens, ch. 3, ed. Holly Stevens (1977).

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