William Carlos Williams Quotes

We are only mortal but being mortal can defy our fate. We may by an outside chance even win!
William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), U.S. poet. The Ivy Crown (l. 25-30). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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the jeweled prize always at our finger tips. We will it so and so it is past all accident.
William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), U.S. poet. The Ivy Crown (l. 84-89). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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It's the anarchy of poverty delights me, the old yellow wooden house indented among the new brick tenements
William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), U.S. poet. The Poor (l. 1-4). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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so much depends upon a red wheel barrow
William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), U.S. poet. The Red Wheelbarrow (l. 1-4). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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The source of poetry that seeing the clock stopped, says, The clock has stopped that ticked yesterday so well?
William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), U.S. poet. These (l. 31-34). . . The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams; Vol. 1, 1909-1939. A. Walton Litz and Christopher MacGowan, eds. (1986) New Directions.
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These are the desolate, dark weeks when nature in its barrenness equals the stupidity of man.
William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), U.S. poet. These (l. 1-3). . . The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams; Vol. 1, 1909-1939. A. Walton Litz and Christopher MacGowan, eds. (1986) New Directions.
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(They whine and whistle) among the flashes of blooms of war;
William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), U.S. poet. These (l. 17-19). . . The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams; Vol. 1, 1909-1939. A. Walton Litz and Christopher MacGowan, eds. (1986) New Directions.
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Practical to the end, it is the poem of his existence that triumphed finally;
William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), U.S. poet. The Sparrow (l. 118-122). . . The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams; Vol. 2, 1909-1939. A. Walton Litz and Christopher MacGowan, eds. (1986) New Directions.
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What is more pretentiously useless or about which we more pride ourselves? It leads as often as not to our undoing.
William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), U.S. poet. The Sparrow (l. 29-34). . . The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams; Vol. 2, 1909-1939. A. Walton Litz and Christopher MacGowan, eds. (1986) New Directions.
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At that, his small size, keen eyes, serviceable beak and general truculence assure his survival—
William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), U.S. poet. The Sparrow (l. 62-67). . . The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams; Vol. 2, 1909-1939. A. Walton Litz and Christopher MacGowan, eds. (1986) New Directions.
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