Theodore Roethke Quotes

Most popular Theodore Roethke Quotes

May my silence become more accurate.
— Theodore Roethke

silence food for thought

May my silences become more accurate.
— Theodore Roethke
In a dark time, the eye begins to see.

losing our way

Much of poetry is an anguished waiting.

poetry

Time marks us while we are marking time.

time

Truth never is undone;
Its shafts remain.

truth

Ah, when she moved, she moved more ways than one.
— Theodore Roethke
Teaching: one of the few professions that permit love.

teaching

One form of the death wish is the embracing of mediocrity.

mediocrity

What's madness but nobility of soul
At odds with circumstance?

insanity

What we need are more people who specialize in the impossible.
— Theodore Roethke

impossible

Definition of a philosopher: a man who has the right to say maybe.

philosophers

To be less than you are is so easy: even a child needs no lesson in this.
One of the virtues of good poetry is the fact that it irritates the mediocre.

poetry

Teaching is an act of love, a spiritual cohabitation, one of the few sacred relationships left in a crass secular world.

teaching

So much of adolescence is an ill-defined dying,
An intolerable waiting,
A longing for another place and time,
Another condition.

adolescence