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 :: 1879-1955, American Poet

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The imagination is man's power over nature.
~ Wallace Stevens - [Imagination]

 

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The philosopher proves that the philosopher exists. The poet merely enjoys existence.
~ Wallace Stevens - [Philosophers and Philosophy]

 

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The poet is the priest of the invisible.
~ Wallace Stevens - [Poetry and Poets]

 

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They said, ''You have a blue guitar, you do not play things as they are. The man replied, ''Things as they are changed upon a blue guitar.''
~ Wallace Stevens - [Music]

 

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Thought is an infection. In the case of certain thoughts, it becomes an epidemic.
~ Wallace Stevens - [Thoughts and Thinking]

 

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To be young is all there is in the world. They talk so beautifully about work and having a family and a home (and I do, too, sometimes) --but it's all worry and head-aches and respectable poverty and forced gushing. Telling people how nice it is, when, in reality, you would give all of your last thirty years for one of your first thirty. Old people are tremendous frauds.
~ Wallace Stevens - [Youth]

 

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To regard the imagination as metaphysics is to think of it as part of life, and to think of it as part of life is to realize the extent of artifice. We live in the mind.
~ Wallace Stevens - [Imagination]

 

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Union of the weakest develops strength not wisdom. Can all men, together, avenge one of the leaves that have fallen in autumn? But the wise man avenges by building his city in snow.
~ Wallace Stevens - [Weakness]

 

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What our eyes behold may well be the text of life but one's meditations on the text and the disclosures of these meditations are no less a part of the structure of reality.
~ Wallace Stevens - [Reality]

 

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