John Ciardi Quotes

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The day will happen whether or not you get up.
— John Ciardi


I write as an alcoholic drinks, compulsively and for its own sake.

why I write

Gentility is what is left over from rich ancestors after the money is gone.
— John Ciardi


You don't have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.
— John Ciardi

adolescence poets

You don't have to suffer to be a poet. Adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.

poetry adolescence

The reader deserves an honest opinion. If he doesn't deserve it, give it to him anyhow.
— John Ciardi


Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.
— John Ciardi


Every parent is at some time the father of the unreturned prodigal, with nothing to do but keep his house open to hope.
— John Ciardi


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.


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.

asking questions