Language Is A Virus

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