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John Ciardi Quotes

John Ciardi Quotes & Quotations
John Ciardi
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    A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea. John-CiardiJohn Ciardi
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    A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students. John-CiardiJohn Ciardi
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    Every game ever invented by mankind, is a way of making things hard for the fun of it! John-CiardiJohn Ciardi
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    Gentility is what is left over from rich ancestors after the money is gone. John-CiardiJohn Ciardi
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    Intelligence recognizes what has happened. Genius recognizes what will happen. John-CiardiJohn Ciardi
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    It is easy enough to praise men for the courage of their convictions. I wish I could teach the sad young of this mealy generation the courage of their confusions. John-CiardiJohn Ciardi
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    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-CiardiJohn Ciardi
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    Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea. John-CiardiJohn Ciardi
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    Nothing goes further toward a man's liberation than the act of surviving his need for character. John-CiardiJohn Ciardi
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    Poetry lies its way to the truth. John-CiardiJohn Ciardi
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    The classroom should be an entrance into the world, not an escape from it. John-CiardiJohn Ciardi
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    The Constitution gives every American the inalienable right to make a damn fool of himself. John-CiardiJohn Ciardi
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    The day will happen whether or not you get up. John-CiardiJohn Ciardi
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    The reader deserves an honest opinion. If he doesn't deserve it, give it to him anyhow. John-CiardiJohn Ciardi
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    There is nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation. John-CiardiJohn Ciardi
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    What has any poet to trust more than the feel of the thing? Theory concerns him only until he picks up his pen, and it begins to concern him again as soon as he lays it down. John-CiardiJohn Ciardi
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    You don't have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone. John-CiardiJohn Ciardi