Archibald MacLeish

Born: May 7, 1892

Die: April 20, 1982

Occupation: Poet

Quotes of Archibald MacLeish

Archibald MacLeish

See the world as it truly is, small and blue, beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats.

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Archibald MacLeish

What is more important in a library than anything else-than everything else-is the fact that it exists.

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Archibald MacLeish

Conventional wisdom notwithstanding, there is no reason either in football or in poetry why the two should not meet in a man's life if he has the weight and cares about the words.

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Freedom is the right to choose: the right to create for oneself the alternatives of choice. Without the possibility of choice and the exercise of choice a man is not a man but a member, an instrument,...

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Beauty is that Medusa's head which men go armed to seek and sever, and dead will starve and sting forever.

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How shall freedom be defended? By arms when it is attacked by arms, by truth when it is attacked by lies, by faith when it is attacked by authoritarian dogma. Always, in the final act, by determination...

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If you commit yourself to the art of poetry, you commit yourself to the task of learning how to see, using words as elements of sight and their sounds as prisms. And to see means to see something worth...

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Archibald MacLeish

They also live Who swerve and vanish in the river.

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Freedom is the right to one's dignity as a man.

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Journalism wishes to tell what it is that has happened everywhere as though the same things had happened for every man. Poetry wishes to say what it is like for any man to be himself in the presence of...

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What is wrong is not the great discoveries of science—information is always better than ignorance, no matter what information or what ignorance. What is wrong is the belief behind the information, the...

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To see the earth as we now see it, small and beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see ourselves as riders on the earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the unending night...

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Archibald MacLeish

There are those, I know, who will say that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind, is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is the American dream.

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A poem should not mean but be.

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Races didn't bother the Americans. They were something a lot better than any race. They were a People. They were the first self-constituted, self-declared, self-created People in the history of the world.

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If the poem can be improved by the author's explanations, it never should have been published.

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There is no dusk to be, There is no dawn that was, Only there's now, and now, And the wind in the grass.

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Never in all their history have men been able truly to conceive of the world as one: a single sphere, a globe, having the qualities of a globe, a round earth in which all the directions eventually meet,...

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Archibald MacLeish

Man can live his truth, his deepest truth, but cannot speak it.

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A man who lives, not by what he loves but what he hates, is a sick man.

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Wildness and silence disappeared from the countryside, sweetness fell from the air, not because anyone wished them to vanish or fall but because throughways had to floor the meadows with cement to carry...

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Journalism is concerned with events, poetry with feelings. Journalism is concerned with the look of the world, poetry with the feel of the world.

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We are as great as our belief in human liberty - no greater. And our belief in human liberty is only ours when it is larger than ourselves.

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What happened at Hiroshima was not only that a scientific breakthrough had occurred and that a great part of the population of a city had been burned to death, but that the problem of the relation of the...

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Man depends on God for all things: God depends on man for one. Without man's love God does not exist as God, only as creator, and love is the one thing no one, not even God himself, can command. It is...

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Archibald MacLeish

The only thing about a man that is a man . . . is his mind. Everything else you can find in a pig or a horse.

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Archibald MacLeish

The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself.

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Democracy is never a thing done. Democracy is always something that a nation must be doing. What is necessary now is one thing and one thing only, that democracy become again democracy in action, not democracy...

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A real writer learns from earlier writers the way a boy learns from an apple orchard -- by stealing what he has a taste for, and can carry off

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The business of the law is to make sense of the confusion of what we call human life - to reduce it to order but at the same time to give it possibility, scope, even dignity.

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Archibald MacLeish

Democracy is never a thing done. Democracy is always something that a nation must be doing.

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Archibald MacLeish

We have no choice but to be guilty. God is unthinkable if we are innocent.

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Archibald MacLeish

You burned the city of London in our houses and we felt the flames.

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It is not in the world of ideas that life is lived. Life is lived for better or worse in life, and to a man in life, his life can be no more absurd than it can be the opposite of absurd, whatever that...

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Archibald MacLeish

Once you permit those who are convinced of their own superior rightness to censor and silence and suppress those who hold contrary opinions, just at that moment the citadel has been surrendered.

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There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience and that is not learning from experience.

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Spring has many American faces. There are cities where it will come and go in a day and counties where it hangs around and never quite gets there. Summer is drawn blinds in Louisiana, long winds in Wyoming,...

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As things are now going the peace we make, what peace we seem to be making, will be a peace of oil, a peace of gold, a peace of shipping, a peace in brief.without moral purpose or human interest.

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