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Anne Stevenson Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Anne Stevenson.

Each word bears its weight, so you have to read my poems quite slowly.
- Anne Stevenson

Related topics: Poetry

Poets should ignore most criticism and get on with making poetry.
- Anne Stevenson

A poem might be defined as thinking about feelings -
about human feelings and frailties.
- Anne Stevenson

I don't like poetry that just slaps violent words on a canvas,
as it were.
- Anne Stevenson

 

When everything is for 'fun' nothing is for the good.
- Anne Stevenson

I think a poet, like a painter, should be a craftsperson.
- Anne Stevenson

I remain loyal to Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert
in music and to Shakespeare and Jane Austen in literature.
- Anne Stevenson

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I married a young Englishman in Cambridge in 1955 and
have lived in Britain every since.
- Anne Stevenson

I dislike literary jargon and never use it.
Criticism has only one function and that is to help
readers read and understand literature.
It is not a science, it is an aid to art.
- Anne Stevenson

Sylvia Plath was just a month and a half older than I,
and when she committed suicide I was only 30 -
and very shocked and sorry.
I never knew her personally.
- Anne Stevenson

I'm not really quiet or shy.
Ask any of my friends!
But I always ground my poetry in life itself.
Poetry is an art of language, though,
so I am always aware of every word's meaning,
or multiple meanings.
- Anne Stevenson

My earlier poems were sadder than my poems are today,
perhaps because I wrote them in confusion or when I was unhappy.
But I am not a melancholy person, quite the contrary,
no one enjoys laughing more than I do.
- Anne Stevenson

I write, or used to write, to explain to myself situations
I couldn't otherwise solve or understand.
Meditation comes very naturally to me.
- Anne Stevenson

I work very hard on all my poems, but most of the work
consists of trying not to sound as if I had worked.
I try to make them sound as natural as possible,
but within a quite strict form, which to my ears has
a lot to do with musical rhythm and sound.
- Anne Stevenson

Blake has always been a favorite, the lyrics,
not so much the prophetic books, but I suppose Yeats
influenced me more as a young poet,
and the American, Robert Frost.
- Anne Stevenson

I play with language a great deal in my poems,
and I enjoy that.
I try to condense language, that is,
I try to express complicated but I hope real emotions as simply as possible.
But that doesn't mean the poems are simple,
just that they are as truthful as I can make them.
- Anne Stevenson

There is far too much literary criticism of the wrong kind.
That is why I never could have survived as an academic.
- Anne Stevenson

Yes, I do often write poems from the mind,
but I hope I don't ignore feelings and emotions.
- Anne Stevenson

I like rhyme because it is memorable,
I like form because having to work to a pattern gives me original ideas.
- Anne Stevenson

I have always made my own rules, in poetry as in life -
though I have tried of late to cooperate more with my family.
I do, however, believe that without order or pattern poetry is useless.
- Anne Stevenson

I am now seventy, rather glad, really,
that I won't live to see the horrors to come in the 21st century.
- Anne Stevenson

I did know Ted Hughes and I partly wrote the book to
explain to myself and others the complexities of a
marriage that was for six years wonderfully productive
of poetry and then ended in tragedy.
- Anne Stevenson

Peter Lucas and I live in Durham but spend a great of time in North Wales,
where we have a cottage in the mountains,
and in Vermont, USA, with my sister -
who is a children's writer married to a poet.
- Anne Stevenson

Use the power of your word
in the direction of truth and love.
- don Miguel Ruiz

When written in Chinese, the word "crisis"
is composed of two characters.
One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
- John F. Kennedy

Every thought you think
and every word you speak
is affirming something.
- Louise L. Hay

Better than a thousand hollow words,
is one word that brings peace.
- The Buddha

We would never have a word for Joy
if there were no suffering.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Be Impeccable With Your Word.
Speak with integrity.
Say only what you mean.
Avoid using your word to speak against yourself
or to gossip about others.
Use the power of your word
in the direction of truth and love.
- don Miguel Ruiz

I open myself for the word of Spirit to flow through me.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.
- Henry David Thoreau

Always aim at complete harmony
of thought and word and deed.
Always aim at purifying your thoughts
and everything will be well.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

All the great things are simple,
and many can be expressed in a single word:
freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
- Winston Churchill

Work Hard. Do your best. Keep your word.
Never get too big for your britches.
Trust in God. Have no fear;
and Never forget a friend.
- Harry S. Truman

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch,
a smile, a kind word, a listening ear,
an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring,
all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
- Leo Buscaglia

Why need I volumes, if one word suffice?
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The word "happiness" would lose its meaning
if it were not balanced by sadness.
- Carl Jung

Every creature is a word of God.
- Meister Eckhart

"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone,
"it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less."
- Lewis Carroll

I am so clever that sometimes I don't
understand a single word of what I am saying.
- Oscar Wilde

The Four Agreements
1.Be impeccable with your word.
2.Don't take anything personally.
3.Don't make assumptions.
4.Always do your best.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Your word is the power that you have to create
- don Miguel Ruiz

A wise man hears one word and understands two.
- Yiddish Proverb

A broken bone can heal, but the wound
a word opens can fester forever.
- Jessamyn West

When you read God's Word, you must
constantly be saying to yourself,
"It is talking to me, and about me."
- Soren Kierkegaard

Language... has created the word "loneliness"
to express the pain of being alone.
And it has created the word "solitude"
to express the glory of being alone.
- Paul Tillich

"Worry" is a word that I don't allow myself to use.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

In the beginning was the Word.
- John 1:1

I am the Wizard. This world is mine.
I speak. It's done. My realm is fine.
My wand, my tongue. My sword, my voice.
It's good. It's bad. I speak my choice.
I say happy, or I say mad.
I say angry, or I say glad.
I name that drawing on the wall.
It's not graffiti after all.
The past has been broken. The prison's not real.
My word holds the magic - the power to heal.
Intent is my weapon - a sword from above.
Cruel hate, fear, and anger transmute into love.
This world's my joy. This mouth's my toy.
Reborn -I'm a brand new girl or boy.
I choose. I speak. My will is done.
Come join. Come play. This can be fun.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is impossible for a man to conceal himself.
In every act, word or gesture,
he stands revealed as he is,
and not as he would have himself appear to be.
From the Universe, nothing is or can be hidden.
- Ernest Holmes

The best morale exist when you never hear the word mentioned.
When you hear a lot of talk about it, it's usually lousy.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Just one quality of the Buddha has to be remembered.
He consists only of one quality: witnessing.
This small word witnessing contains the whole of spirituality.
Witness that you are not the body.
Witness that you are not the mind.
Witness that you are only a witness.
As the witnessing deepens,
you start becoming drunk with the divine.
That is what is called ecstasy.
- Osho

No man is truly married until he understands
every word his wife is NOT saying.
- Anonymous

Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness,
and the word happy would lose its meaning
if it were not balanced by sadness.
It is far better take things as they come along
with patience and equanimity.
- Carl Jung

A word to the wise ain't necessary -
it's the stupid ones that need the advice.
- Bill Cosby

The ugliest word in the world is revenge.
It spells hate; it spells fear; it spells greed.
For my loss, I must kill; I must steal - must avenge.
It's your fault; you must pay; you must bleed.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Marriage: A word which should be pronounced "mirage".
- Herbert Spencer

I never will, by any word or act, bow to the shrine of intolerance
or admit a right of inquiry into the religious opinions of others.
- Thomas Jefferson

LOVE: A word properly applied to our delight in particular kinds of food;
sometimes metaphorically spoken of the favorite objects of all our appetites.
- Henry Fielding

Gentlemen have talked a great deal of patriotism.
A venerable word, when duly practised.
- Robert Walpole

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!
- Audrey Hepburn

We are strange beings, we seem
to go free, but we go in chains -
chains of training, custom, convention,
association, environment -
in a word, Circumstance -
and against these bonds
the strongest of us struggle in vain.
- Mark Twain

Love is the word used to label the sexual excitement of the young,
the habituation of the middle-aged, and the mutual dependence of the old.
- John Ciardi

Urgency is a grim taskmaster.
Escape time, and life becomes irie.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie
("Irie" is a Jamaican word for being at total peace
with your current state of being.)

In computing, turning the obvious into the useful is
a living definition of the word "frustration".
- Alan Perlis

I've tried word processors, but I think I'm too old a dog to use one.
- Dee Brown

The secret of my success is a two word answer:
Know people.
- Harvey S. Firestone

When I have a terrible need of - shall I say the word -
religion.
Then I go out and paint the stars.
- Vincent Van Gogh

The only power you have is the word no.
- Frances McDormand

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love
will have the final word in reality.
That is why right, temporarily defeated,
is stronger than evil triumphant.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friendship is a word, the very sight of which in print makes the heart warm.
- Augustine Birrell


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