Stanley Kunitz Quotes

The universe is a continuous web. Touch it at any point and the whole web quivers.

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Be what you are. Give What is yours to give. Have Style. Dare.

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The poem comes in the form of a blessing, like rapture breaking on the mind.

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You must be careful not to deprive the poem of its wild origin.

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What makes the engine go? Desire, desire, desire.

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The poem in the head is always perfect. Resistance begins when you try to convert it into language.

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Deftly they opened the brain of a child, and it was full of flying dreams.

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We have to learn how to live with our frailties. The best people I know are inadequate and unashamed.

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Poetry is ultimately mythology, the telling of stories of the soul. The old myths, the old gods, the old heroes have never died. They are only sleeping at the bottom of our minds, waiting for our call. We have need of them, for in their sum they epitomize the wisdom and experience of the race.

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When you look back on a lifetime and think of what has been given to the world by your presence, your fugitive presence, inevitably you think of your art, whatever it may be, as the gift you have made to the world in acknowledgment of the gift you have been given, which is the life itself... That work is not an expression of the desire for praise or recognition, or prizes, but the deepest manifestation of your gratitiude for the gift of life.

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