Elizabeth Bishop Quotes

“Why shouldnt we, so generally addicted to the gigantic, at last have some small works of art, some short poems, short pieces of music [...], some intimate, low-voiced, and delicate things in our mostly huge and roaring, glaring world?”
Elizabeth Bishop
“The armored cars of dreams, contrived to let us do so many a dangerous thing.”
Elizabeth Bishop
“The art of losing isnt hard to master.”
Elizabeth Bishop
“All the untidy activity continues, awful but cheerful.”
Elizabeth Bishop
“Being a poet is one of the unhealthier jobs--no regular hours, so many temptations!”
Elizabeth Bishop
“I knew that nothing stranger had ever happened, that nothing stranger could ever happen.”
Elizabeth Bishop
“Each night he must be carried through artificial tunnels and dream recurrent dreams. Just as the ties recur beneath his train, these underlie his rushing brain. He does not dare look out the window,for the third rail, the unbroken draught of poison, runs there beside him. He regards it as a disease he has inherited the susceptibility to. He has to keep his hands in his pockets, as others must wear mufflers.”
Elizabeth Bishop, The Complete Poems, 1927-1979
“...what the Man-Moth fears most he must do..”
Elizabeth Bishop
“Icebergs behoove the soul (both being self-made from elements least visible) to see themselves: fleshed, fair, erected, indivisible.”
Elizabeth Bishop
“Is it right to be watching strangers in a play / in this strangest of theatres? / What childishness is it that while theres a breath of life / in our bodies, we are determined to rush / to see the sun the other way around? ”
Elizabeth Bishop