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Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "Everything seems an echo of something else."

Everything seems an echo of something else.




Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "I think the greatest curse of American society has been the idea of an easy millennialism -- that some new drug, or the next election or the latest in social engineering will solve everything."

I think the greatest curse of American society has been the idea of an easy millennialism -- that some new drug, or the next election or the latest in social engineering will solve everything.




Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "Maybe a man has to sell his soul to get the power to do good."

Maybe a man has to sell his soul to get the power to do good.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "The image that fiction presents is purged of the distractions, confusions and accidents of ordinary life."

The image that fiction presents is purged of the distractions, confusions and accidents of ordinary life.




Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "Historical sense and poetic sense should not, in the end, be contradictory, for if poetry is the little myth we make, history is the big myth we live, and in our living, constantly remake."

Historical sense and poetic sense should not, in the end, be contradictory, for if poetry is the little myth we make, history is the big myth we live, and in our living, constantly remake.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "Goodness . . . You got to make it out of badness . . . Because there isn't anything else to make it out of."

Goodness . . . You got to make it out of badness . . . Because there isn't anything else to make it out of.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "The poem . . . is a little myth of man's capacity of making life meaningful. And in the end, the poem is not a thing we see-it is, rather, a light by which we may see-and what we see is life."

The poem . . . is a little myth of man's capacity of making life meaningful. And in the end, the poem is not a thing we see-it is, rather, a light by which we may see-and what we see is life.




Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "It is human defect — to try to know oneself by the self of another."

It is human defect — to try to know oneself by the self of another.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "You have to make the good out of the bad because that is all you have got to make it out of."

You have to make the good out of the bad because that is all you have got to make it out of.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "I longed to know the world's name."

I longed to know the world's name.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "If you look at a thing, the very fact of your looking changes it...if you think about yourself, that very fact changes you."

If you look at a thing, the very fact of your looking changes it...if you think about yourself, that very fact changes you.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "Tell me a story of deep delight."

Tell me a story of deep delight.




Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "Storytelling and copulation are the two chief forms of amusement in the South. They're inexpensive and easy to procure."

Storytelling and copulation are the two chief forms of amusement in the South. They're inexpensive and easy to procure.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "Real writers are those who want to write, need to write, have to write."

Real writers are those who want to write, need to write, have to write.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "...a man does not die for words. He dies for his relation to them."

...a man does not die for words. He dies for his relation to them.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "If you could not accept the past and its burden there was no future, for without one there cannot be the other."

If you could not accept the past and its burden there was no future, for without one there cannot be the other.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "There was nothing particularly wrong with them; they were just the ordinary garden variety of human garbage."

There was nothing particularly wrong with them; they were just the ordinary garden variety of human garbage.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "Man is conceived in sin and born in corruption and he passeth from the stink of the didie to the stench of the shroud. There is always something (All The King's Men)"

Man is conceived in sin and born in corruption and he passeth from the stink of the didie to the stench of the shroud. There is always something (All The King's Men)



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "History is all explained by geography."

History is all explained by geography.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "The poem is not a thing we see; it is, rather, a light by which we may see."

The poem is not a thing we see; it is, rather, a light by which we may see.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "The past is always a rebuke to the present."

The past is always a rebuke to the present.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "Most writers are trying to find what they think or feel. . . not simply working from the given, but toward the given, saying the unsayable and steadily asking, "What do I really feel about this?"

Most writers are trying to find what they think or feel. . . not simply working from the given, but toward the given, saying the unsayable and steadily asking, "What do I really feel about this?



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "The poem is a little myth of man's capacity of making life meaningful."

The poem is a little myth of man's capacity of making life meaningful.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "The urge to write poetry is like having an itch. When the itch becomes annoying enough, you scratch it."

The urge to write poetry is like having an itch. When the itch becomes annoying enough, you scratch it.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "In one deep sense, novels are concealed autobiography. I don't mean that you are telling facts about yourself, but you are trying to find out what you really think or who you are."

In one deep sense, novels are concealed autobiography. I don't mean that you are telling facts about yourself, but you are trying to find out what you really think or who you are.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "What is man but his passion?"

What is man but his passion?



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "For what is a poem but a hazardous attempt at self-understanding: it is the deepest part of autobiography."

For what is a poem but a hazardous attempt at self-understanding: it is the deepest part of autobiography.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "I don't expect you'll hear me writing any poems to the greater glory of Ronald and Nancy Reagan."

I don't expect you'll hear me writing any poems to the greater glory of Ronald and Nancy Reagan.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "For the truth is a terrible thing."

For the truth is a terrible thing.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "More and more Emerson recedes grandly into history, as the future he predicted becomes a past."

More and more Emerson recedes grandly into history, as the future he predicted becomes a past.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "How do poems grow? They grow out of your life."

How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "For whatever you live is life."

For whatever you live is life.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "If a man knew how to live he would never die."

If a man knew how to live he would never die.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "So little time we live in Time, And we learn all so painfully, That we may spare this hour's term To practice for Eternity."

So little time we live in Time, And we learn all so painfully, That we may spare this hour's term To practice for Eternity.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "Reality is not a function of the event as event, but of the relationship of that event to past, and future, events."

Reality is not a function of the event as event, but of the relationship of that event to past, and future, events.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "A symbol serves to combine heart and intellect."

A symbol serves to combine heart and intellect.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "That summer we had been absolutely alone, together, even when people were around, the only inhabitants of the kind of floating island or magic carpet which being in love is."

That summer we had been absolutely alone, together, even when people were around, the only inhabitants of the kind of floating island or magic carpet which being in love is.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "There is no country but the heart."

There is no country but the heart.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "If you are an idealist, it does not matter what you do or what goes on around you because it isn't real anyway."

If you are an idealist, it does not matter what you do or what goes on around you because it isn't real anyway.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "We are the prisoners of history. Or are we?"

We are the prisoners of history. Or are we?



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "To be an American is not...a matter of blood; it is a matter of an idea--and history is the image of that idea."

To be an American is not...a matter of blood; it is a matter of an idea--and history is the image of that idea.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "The best luck always happens to people who don't need it."

The best luck always happens to people who don't need it.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "There is nothing more alone than being in a car at night in the rain."

There is nothing more alone than being in a car at night in the rain.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "Nobody had ever told me that anything could be like this."

Nobody had ever told me that anything could be like this.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "I reckon I am a smart aleck, but it is just a way to pass the time."

I reckon I am a smart aleck, but it is just a way to pass the time.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "In separateness only does love learn definition."

In separateness only does love learn definition.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "Your business as a writer is not to illustrate virtue but to show how a fellow may move toward it or away from it."

Your business as a writer is not to illustrate virtue but to show how a fellow may move toward it or away from it.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "What if angry vectors veer Round your sleeping head, and form. There's never need to fear Violence of the poor world's abstract storm."

What if angry vectors veer Round your sleeping head, and form. There's never need to fear Violence of the poor world's abstract storm.



Robert Penn Warren Quotes: "I've been to a lot of places and done a lot of things, but writing was always first. It's a kind of pain I can't do without."

I've been to a lot of places and done a lot of things, but writing was always first. It's a kind of pain I can't do without.