The day will happen whether or not you get up.

— John Ciardi

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Let our love be like an arch- two weaknesses leaning together to form one strength.

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

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

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The classroom should be an entrance into the world, not an escape from it.

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Written by a sponge dipped in warm milk and sprinkled with sugar.

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If a man means his writing seriously, he must mean to write well.

But how can he write well until he learns to see what he has written badly. His progress toward good writing and his recognition of bad writing are bound to unfold at something like the same rate.

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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.

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The Constitution gives every American the inalienable right to make a damn fool of himself.

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

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You have to fall in love with hanging around words.

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A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students.

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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.

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About John Ciardi

Quotes 52 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Dramatist
Birthday October 16

Within a single scene, it seems to be unwise to have access to the inner reflections of more than one character. The reader generally needs a single character as the means of perception, as the character to whom the events are happening, as the character with whom he is to empathize in order to have the events of the writing happen to him.

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Early to bed and early to rise probably indicates unskilled labor.

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A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in the students.

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It is easy enough to praise men for the courage of their conviction.

I wish I could teach the sad young of this mealy generation the courage of their convictions.

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A neighborhood is a residential area that is changing for the worse.

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There is nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.

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Boys are the cash of war. Whoever said: we're not free spenders- doesn't know our like.

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A carbonated wine foisted upon Americans (who else would drink it?) by winery ad agencies as a way of getting rid of inferior champagne by mixing it with inferior burgundy.

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You do not have to suffer to be a poet. Adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.

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Intelligence recognizes what has happened. Genius recognizes what will happen.

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

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

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The public library is the most dangerous place in town

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Nothing goes further toward a man's liberation than the act of surviving his need for character.

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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.

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Every game ever invented by mankind, is a way of making things hard for the fun of it!

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Men marry what they need. I marry you.

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Fermentation equals civilization.

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Poetry lies its way to the truth.

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Tell me how much a nation knows about its own language, and I will tell you how much that nation knows about its own identity.

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Spontaneous is what you get after the seventeenth draft.

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General rules have been legislated into being by past masters.

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

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At the next vacancy for God, if I am elected, I shall forgive last the delicately wounded who, having been slugged no harder than anyone else, never got up again, neither to fight back, nor to finger their jaws in painful admiration.

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The success of the poem is determined not by how much the poet felt in writing it, but by how much the reader feels in reading it.

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A savage is simply a human organism that has not received enough news from the human race.

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Patience is the art of caring slowly.

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Honesty: The ability to resist small temptations.

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I have one head that wants to be good, And one that wants to be bad.

And always, as soon as I get up, One of my heads is sad.

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A man is what he does with his attention and mine is not for sale.

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A university is a reading and discussion club.

If students knew how to use the library, they wouldn't need the rest of the buildings. The faculty's job, in great part, is to teach students how to use a library in a living way. All a student should really need is access to the library and a place to sleep.

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One night I dreamed I was locked in my Father's watch With Ptolemy and twenty-one ruby stars Mounted on spheres and the Primum Mobile Coiled and gleaming to the end of space And the notched spheres eating each other's rinds To the last tooth of time, and the case closed.

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Conviction is possible only in a world more primitive than ours can be perceived to be. A man can achieve a simply gnomic conviction only by ignoring the radical describers of his environment, or by hating them, as convinced men have hated, say, Darwin and Freud, as agents of some devil.

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Who could believe an ant in theory? A giraffe in blueprint? Ten thousand doctors of what's possible Could reason half the jungle out of being.

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I'm smiled out, talked out, quipped out, socialized so far from any being, I need the weight of mortal silences to get realized back into myself.

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Boys are the cash of war.

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The thing about cats, as you may find, Is that no one knows what they have in mind.

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