Louise Bogan quote

"Your work is carved out of agony as a statue is carved out of marble."

Louise Bogan

Born: August 11, 1897

Die: February 4, 1970

Occupation: Poet

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Louise Bogan

...in a time lacking in truth and certainty and filled with anguish and despair, no woman should be shamefaced in attempting to give back to the world, through her work, a portion of its lost heart.

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Louise Bogan

At midnight tears Run into your ears.

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Louise Bogan

I don't like quintessential certitude.

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Louise Bogan

Up from the bronze, I saw Water without a flaw Rush to its rest in air Reach to its rest, and fall.

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Louise Bogan

I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy!

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Louise Bogan

No more pronouncements on lousy verse. No more hidden competition. No more struggling not to be a square.

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Louise Bogan

Perhaps this very instant is your time.

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Louise Bogan

Because language is the carrier of ideas, it is easy to believe that it should be very little else than such a carrier.

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Louise Bogan

Stupidity always accompanies evil. Or evil, stupidity.

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Louise Bogan

Innocence of heart and violence of feeling are necessary in any kind of superior achievement: The arts cannot exist without them.

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Louise Bogan

But childhood prolonged, cannot remain a fairyland. It becomes a hell.

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Louise Bogan

The intellectual is a middle-class product; if he is not born into the class he must soon insert himself into it, in order to exist. He is the fine nervous flower of the bourgeoisie.

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Louise Bogan

Your work is carved out of agony as a statue is carved out of marble.

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Louise Bogan

Women have no wilderness in them They are provident instead Content in the tight hot cell of their hearts To eat dusty bread.

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Louise Bogan

I'll lie here and learn How, over their ground, Trees make a long shadow And a light sound.

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Louise Bogan

True revolutions in art restore more than they destroy.

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Louise Bogan

O remember In your narrowing dark hours That more things move Than blood in the heart.

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Louise Bogan

The Initial Mystery that attends any journey is: how did the traveler reach his starting point in the first place?

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I hope that one or two immortal lyrics will come out of all this tumbling around.

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Your work is carved out of agony as a statue is carved out of marble.

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Henry David Thoreau

A written word is the choicest of relics. It is something at once more intimate with us and more universal than any other work of art. It is the work of art nearest to life itself. It may be translated...

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Lauren Oliver

One of the strangest things about life is that it will chug on, blind and oblivious, even as your private world - your little carved-out sphere - is twisting and morphing, even breaking apart.

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Chinmayananda Saraswati

The future is carved out of the present moment. Tomorrow's harvest depends upon today's ploughing and sowing.

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Horace Mann

But let a man know that there are things to be known, of which he is ignorant, and it is so much carved out of his domain of universal knowledge.

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Tori Amos

I've carved out a career for myself really as a writer.

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Jay Inslee

Tolerance is carved into the rostrum of the U.S. House of Representatives and intolerance should not be carved into the U.S. Constitution.

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Elbert Hubbard

The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chipping away such parts of the marble block as are not needed - it is a process of elimination.

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Galway Kinnell

Second-hand gloves will become lovely again, their memories are what give them the need for other hands. And the desolation of lovers is the same: that enormous emptiness carved out of such tiny beings...

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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Most of us become so rigidly fixed in the ruts carved out by genetic programming and social conditioning that we ignore the options of choosing any other course of action. Living exclusively by genetic...

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Confucius

Every piece of marble has a statue in it waiting to be released by a person of sufficient skill to chip away the unnecessary parts. Just as the sculptor is to the marble, so is education to the soul....

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Karen Marie Moning

Although it may not seem like it, this isn’t a story about darkness. It’s about light. Kahlil Gibran says Your joy can fill you only as deeply your sorrow has carved you. If you’ve never tasted bitterness,...

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Martin Luther King, Jr.

If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets as Raphael painted pictures, sweep streets as Michelangelo carved marble, sweep streets as Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.

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Sarah MacLean

You must be mistaken," Isabel said, unconcerned by the insult that the words carried. "I assure you i am not. Voluptas is nearly always portrayed wrapped in roses. If that were not enough, her faces confirms...

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Albert Einstein

... knowledge must continually be renewed by ceaseless effort, if it is not to be lost. It resembles a statue of marble which stands in the desert and is continually threatened with burial by the shifting...

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Michelangelo

The marble not yet carved can hold the form of every thought the greatest artist has.

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Jodi Picoult

Ross believed in past lives. Moreover, he believed that the person you fell in love with in each life was the same person you fell in love with in the life before, and the one before that. Sometimes, you...

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Jon Stewart

Corporations are the only reason the tax code is so complicated in the first place. Those off-shore loopholes didn't get carved out by poor people.

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Maria V. Snyder

You're right. And so was my snake." Snake?" He pulled my arm out to expose my bracelet. "When I carved this my thoughts were on you, love. Your life is like this snake's coils. No matter how many turns...

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Arthur Golden

At the temple there is a poem called "Loss" carved into the stone. It has three words, but the poet has scratched them out. You cannot read loss, only feel it.

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N. T. Wright

[Albert] Schweitzer thus carved out his own path through the first half of this century, a lonely and learned giant amidst the hordes of noisy and shallow theological pygmies.

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