Wallace Stevens Quotes

One ought not to hoard culture. It should be adapted and infused into society as a leaven. Liberality of culture does not mean illiberality of its benefits.
Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. Souvenirs and Prophecies: the Young Wallace Stevens, ch. 3, entry for June 20, 1899, ed. Holly Stevens (1977).
A diary is more or less the work of a man of clay whose hands are clumsy and in whose eyes there is no light.
Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. Entry for July 26, 1899. Souvenirs and Prophecies: the Young Wallace Stevens, ch. 3, ed. Holly Stevens (1977).
The day of the sun is like the day of a king. It is a promenade in the morning, a sitting on the throne at noon, a pageant in the evening.
Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. Journal entry, April 20, 1920. Souvenirs and Prophecies: the Young Wallace Stevens, ch. 6, ed. Holly Stevens (1966).
A poem need not have a meaning and like most things in nature often does not have.
Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. "Adagia," Opus Posthumous (1959).
How has the human spirit ever survived the terrific literature with which it has had to contend?
Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. "Adagia," Opus Posthumous (1959).
Perhaps it is of more value to infuriate philosophers than to go along with them.
Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. "Adagia," Opus Posthumous (1959).