Randall Jarrell Quotes

Most popular Randall Jarrell Quotes

The world goes by my cage and never sees me.
If you have been put in your place long enough, you begin to act like the place.
— Randall Jarrell

human nature

Poets are in the beginning hypotheses, in the middle facts, and in the end values.


It is better to entertain an idea than to take it home to live with you for the rest of your life.


One of the most obvious facts about grown-ups, to a child, is that they have forgotten what it is like to be a child.
— Randall Jarrell

children Adulthood

A good poet is someone who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck by lightning five or six times; a dozen or two dozen times and he is great.