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Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "Democracy is never a thing done. Democracy is always something that a nation must be doing."

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




Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "A man who lives, not by what he loves but what he hates, is a sick man."

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




Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience and that is not learning from experience."

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



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "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."

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.




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

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



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

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



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "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."

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.




Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "A poem should not mean but be."

A poem should not mean but be.



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

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



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "See the world as it truly is, small and blue, beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats."

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



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "Love becomes the ultimate answer to the ultimate human question."

Love becomes the ultimate answer to the ultimate human question.



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "That peculiar disease of intellectuals, that infatuation with ideas at the expense of experience, that compels experience to conform to bookish expectations."

That peculiar disease of intellectuals, that infatuation with ideas at the expense of experience, that compels experience to conform to bookish expectations.




Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "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."

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.



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "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."

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.



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "What is more important in a library than anything else-than everything else-is the fact that it exists."

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



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "A self-advertising writer is always a self-extinguished writer."

A self-advertising writer is always a self-extinguished writer.



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "A Poem should be palpable and mute As a globed fruit."

A Poem should be palpable and mute As a globed fruit.



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "History, like a badly constructed concert hall, has occasional dead spots where the music can't be heard."

History, like a badly constructed concert hall, has occasional dead spots where the music can't be heard.



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "Journalism is concerned with events, poetry with feelings. Journalism is concerned with the look of the world, poetry with the feel of the world."

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



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "We have no choice but to be guilty. God is unthinkable if we are innocent."

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



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "Freedom is the right to one's dignity as a man."

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



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "You burned the city of London in our houses and we felt the flames."

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



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "Writers . . . write to give reality to experience."

Writers . . . write to give reality to experience.



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "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."

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.



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "Without guilt / What is a man? An animal, isn't he? / A wolf forgiven at his meat, / A beetle innocent in his copulation."

Without guilt / What is a man? An animal, isn't he? / A wolf forgiven at his meat, / A beetle innocent in his copulation.



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "The perversion of the mind is only possible when those who should be heard in its defence are silent."

The perversion of the mind is only possible when those who should be heard in its defence are silent.



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "The infantile cowardice of our time which demands an external pattern, a nonhuman authority."

The infantile cowardice of our time which demands an external pattern, a nonhuman authority.



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "Poetry which owes no man anything, owes nevertheless one debt - an image of the world in which men can again believe."

Poetry which owes no man anything, owes nevertheless one debt - an image of the world in which men can again believe.



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "They also live Who swerve and vanish in the river."

They also live Who swerve and vanish in the river.



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "The task of man is not to discover new worlds, but to discover his own world in terms of human comprehension and beauty."

The task of man is not to discover new worlds, but to discover his own world in terms of human comprehension and beauty.



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "Children know the grace of god better than most of us. They see the world the way the morning brings it back to them; new and born and fresh and wonderful."

Children know the grace of god better than most of us. They see the world the way the morning brings it back to them; new and born and fresh and wonderful.



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "Keepers of books, keepers of print and paper on the shelves, librarians are keepers also of the records of the human spiritthe records of men's watch upon the world and on themselves."

Keepers of books, keepers of print and paper on the shelves, librarians are keepers also of the records of the human spiritthe records of men's watch upon the world and on themselves.



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "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"

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



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "Man can live his truth, his deepest truth, but cannot speak it."

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



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "The American journey has not ended. America is always still to build ... West is a country in the mind, and so eternal."

The American journey has not ended. America is always still to build ... West is a country in the mind, and so eternal.



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "Poets... are literal-minded men who will squeeze a word till it hurts."

Poets... are literal-minded men who will squeeze a word till it hurts.



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "What once was cuddled must learn to kiss The cold wonn's mouth. That's all the mystery."

What once was cuddled must learn to kiss The cold wonn's mouth. That's all the mystery.



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "Young poets are advised by their elders to avoid the practice of journalism as they would wet socks and gin before breakfast."

Young poets are advised by their elders to avoid the practice of journalism as they would wet socks and gin before breakfast.



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "America is promises to take! America is promises to us to take them."

America is promises to take! America is promises to us to take them.



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "If the art of poetry is?the art of making sense of the chaos of human experience, it's not a bad thing to see a lot of chaos."

If the art of poetry is?the art of making sense of the chaos of human experience, it's not a bad thing to see a lot of chaos.



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "The roots of the grass strain, Tighten, the earth is rigid, waits-he is waiting- And suddenly, and all at once, the rain!"

The roots of the grass strain, Tighten, the earth is rigid, waits-he is waiting- And suddenly, and all at once, the rain!



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "If the poem can be improved by the author's explanations, it never should have been published."

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



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "Piety's hard enough to take among the poor who have to practice it. A rich man's piety stinks. It's insufferable."

Piety's hard enough to take among the poor who have to practice it. A rich man's piety stinks. It's insufferable.



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "The map of America is a map of endlessness, of opening out, of forever and ever. No man's face would make you think of it but his hope might, his courage might."

The map of America is a map of endlessness, of opening out, of forever and ever. No man's face would make you think of it but his hope might, his courage might.



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "Around, around the sun we go: The moon goes round the earth. We do not die of death: We die of vertigo."

Around, around the sun we go: The moon goes round the earth. We do not die of death: We die of vertigo.



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "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."

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.



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "We have learned the answers, all the answers: it is the question that we do not know."

We have learned the answers, all the answers: it is the question that we do not know.



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "A world ends when its metaphor has died."

A world ends when its metaphor has died.



Archibald MacLeish Quotes: "If God is God He is not good, if God is good He is not God; take the even, take the odd."

If God is God He is not good, if God is good He is not God; take the even, take the odd.