John Ciardi Quotes

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Born: June 24, 1916, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Birth Country: USA
Died: Edison, New Jersey, USA, March 30, 1986
Occupation: Author

1.
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.
- John Ciardi

2.
Every parent is at some time the father of the unreturned prodigal, with nothing to do but keep his house open to hope.
- John Ciardi

3.
Intelligence recognizes what has happened. Genius recognizes what will happen.
- John Ciardi

4.
It is easy enough to praise men for the courage of their convictions. I wish I could teach the sad young of this mealy generation the courage of their confusions.
- John Ciardi

5.
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.
- John Ciardi

6.
Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.
- John Ciardi

7.
Poetry lies its way to the truth.
- John Ciardi

8.
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.
- John Ciardi

9.
You don't have to suffer to be a poet adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.
- John Ciardi

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