Wallace Stevens Quotes

Most popular Wallace Stevens Quotes

A poem is a meteor.

poetry

Money is a kind of poetry.

money

Music is feeling, then, not sound.
— Wallace Stevens

music

Authors are actors, books are theaters.

books

We say God and the imagination are one.
— Wallace Stevens

God

Authors are actors, books are theatres.

authors

The poet is the priest of the invisible.

poets

The moon is the mother of pathos and pity.

moon

The imagination is man's power over nature.

imagination

It can never be satisfied, the mind, never.
— Wallace Stevens

mind

Perhaps
The truth depends on a walk around a lake.

walking truth

Perhaps
The truth depends on a walk around the lake.
A poet looks at the world as a man looks at a woman.

poets

Poetry must resist the intelligence almost successfully.

poetry

A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.
— Wallace Stevens

poets

Style is not something applied.  It is something that permeates.

style

The essential thing in form is to be free in whatever form is used.
— Wallace Stevens
When political ammunition runs low, inevitably the rusty artillery of abuse is wheeled into action.
— Wallace Stevens

politics abuse

Call the roller of big cigars, The muscular one, and bid him whip In kitchen cups concupiscent curds.

cigars Cigar

The actor is
A metaphysician in the dark, twanging
An instrument, twanging a wiry string that gives
Sounds.

actors

I do not know which to prefer, 
The beauty of inflections, 
Or the beauty of innuendoes, 
The blackbird whistling, 
Or just after.
It is a violence from within that protects us from a violence without.  It is the imagination pressing back against the pressure of reality.

poetry

For the poet, the imagination is paramount, and . . . he dwells apart in his imagination, as the philosopher dwells in his reason, and as the priest dwells in his belief.

poets