Seagulls . . . slim yachts of the element.

— Robinson Jeffers

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Meteors are not needed less than mountains: shine, perishing republic.

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You making haste on decay: not blameworthy;

life is good, be it stubbornly long or suddenly A mortal splendor: meteors are not needed less than mountains: shine, perishing republic.

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Imagination, the traitor of the mind, has taken my solitude and slain it.

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Cruelty is a part of nature, at least of human nature, but it is the one thing that seems unnatural to us.

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Know that however ugly the parts appear the whole remains beautiful.

.. ... the wholeness of life and things, the divine beauty of the universe. Love that, not man Apart from that, or else you will share man's pitiful confusions, or drown in despair when his days darken.

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Long live freedom and damn the ideologies.

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A little too abstract, a little too wise, It is time for us to kiss the earth again, It is time to let the leaves rain from the skies, Let the rich life run to the roots again.

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Poetry is not a civilizer, rather the reverse, for great poetry appeals to the most primitive instincts.

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Happy people die whole, they are all dissolved in a moment, they have had what they wanted.

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That public men publish falsehoods Is nothing new.

That America must accept Like the historical republics corruption and empire Has been known for years. Be angry at the sun for setting If these things anger you.

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Pleasure is the carrot dangled to lead the ass to market; or the precipice.

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I've changed my ways a little, I cannot now Run with you in the evenings along the shore, Except in a kind of dream, and you, if you dream a moment, You see me there.

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About Robinson Jeffers

Quotes 53 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Poet
Birthday October 16

It seems to me that this whole alone is worthy of the deeper sort of love;

and that there is peace, freedom, I might say a kind of salvation, in turning one's affections outward toward this one God, rather than inwards on one's self, or on humanity, or on human imaginations and abstractions - the world of the spirits.

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O that our souls could scale a height like this, A mighty mountain swept o'er by the bleak Keen winds of heaven; and, standing on that peak Above the blinding clouds of prejudice, Would we could see all truly as it is; The calm eternal truth would keep us meek.

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The greatest beauty is organic wholeness, the wholeness of life and things, the divine beauty of the universe.

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Hear the music, the thunder of the wings. Love the wild swan.

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He is strong and pain is worse to the strong, incapacity is worse.

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civilization is a transient sickness.

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I hate my verses, every line, every word.

Oh pale and brittle pencils ever to try One grass-blade's curve, or the throat of one bird That clings to twig, ruffled against white sky. Oh cracked and twilight mirrors ever to catch One color, one glinting flash, of the splendor of things.

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The heads of strong old age are beautiful beyond all grace of youth.

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Humanity is the start of the race; I say Humanity is the mould to break away from, the crust to break through, the coal to break into fire, The atom to be split.

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Know that however ugly the parts appear the whole remains beautiful.

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Justice and mercy/ Are human dreams, they do not concern the birds nor the fish nor eternal God.

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Well: the day is a poem but too much Like one of Jeffers's, crusted with blood and barbaric omens Painful to excess, inhuman as a hawk's cry.

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There is no reason for amazement: surely one always knew that cultures decay, and life's end is death.

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If you should look for this place after a handful of lifetimes: Perhaps of my planted forest a few May stand yet, dark-leaved Australians or the coast cypress, haggard With storm-drift; but fire and the axe are devils. Look for foundations of sea-worn granite, my fingers had the art To make stone love stone, you will find some remnant.

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They import and they consume reality.

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Oh heavy change. The world deteriorates like a rotting apple, worms and a skin.

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The love of freedom has been the quality of Western man.

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And you, America, that passion made you.

You were not born to prosperity, you were born to love freedom. You did not say "en masse," you said "independence." But we cannot have all the luxuries and freedom also.

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Nature knows that people are a tide that swells and in time will ebb, and all their works dissolve ... As for us: We must uncenter our minds from ourselves. We must unhumanize our views a little and become confident as the rock and ocean that we are made from.

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The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack.

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[K]now that however ugly the parts appear the whole remains beautiful.

A severed hand Is an ugly thing, and man dissevered from the earth and stars and his history... for contemplation or in fact... Often appears atrociously ugly. Integrity is wholeness, the greatest beauty is Organic wholeness, the wholeness of life and things, the divine beauty of the universe.

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Truly men hate the truth; they'd liefer meet a tiger on the road.

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The tides are in our veins.

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The tides are in our veins, we still mirror the stars, life is your child, but there is in me Older and harder than life and more impartial, the eye that watched before there was an ocean.

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Death's a fierce meadowlark: but to die having made / Something more equal to the centuries / Than muscle and bone, is mostly to shed weakness.

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Does it matter whether you hate yourself? At least love your eyes that can see, your mind that can hear the music, the thunder of the wings.

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Still the mind smiles at its own rebellions.

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This wild swan of a world is no hunter's game.

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...Science and mathematics Run parallel to reality, they symbolize it, they squint at it, They never touch it: consider what an explosion Would rock the bones of men into little white fragments and unsky the world If any mind for a moment touch truth.

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Only the drum is confident, it thinks the world has not changed

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If millions are born millions must die.

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We might remember ... not to fear death; it is the only way to be cleansed.

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As for me, I would rather be a worm in a wild apple than a son of man.

But we are what we are, and we might remember not to hate any person, for all are vicious; And not to be astonished at any evil, all are deserved; And not to fear death; it is the only way to be cleansed.

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It is only a little planet, but how beautiful it is.

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I have seen these ways of God: I know of no reason For fire and change and torture and the old returnings.

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Corruption never has been compulsory;

when the cities lie at the monster's feet there are left the mountains.

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We have to live like people in a web of knives, we mustn't reach out our hands or we get them gashed.

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