1. The only emperor is the emperor of ice cream.

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  2. The poet is the priest of the invisible.

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  3. A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.

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  4. The poet makes silk dresses out of worms.

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  5. Everything is complicated; if that were not so, life and poetry and everything else would be a bore.

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  6. Poetry is an abstraction bloodied.

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  7. If poetry should address itself to the same needs and aspirations, the same hopes and fears, to which the Bible addresses itself, it might rival it in distribution.

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  8. Most people read poetry listening for echoes because the echoes are familiar to them. They wade through it the way a boy wades through water, feeling with his toes for the bottom: The echoes are the bottom.

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  9. Poetry is the statement of a relation between a man and the world.

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  10. After the leaves have fallen, we return To a plain sense of things. It is as if We had come to an end of the imagination, Inanimate in an inert savoir.

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The complete list of 277 Wallace Stevens sayings