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Dylan Thomas, whoever he was…

Dylan Thomas Quotes:

On life, on writing, etc

“My education was the liberty I had to read indiscriminately and all the time, with my eyes hanging out.”

“Why do men think you can pick love up and re-light it like a candle? Women know when love is over.”
“I hold a beast, an angel and a madman in me.”

”When one burns one’s bridges, what a very nice fire it makes.”

”Somebody’s boring me. I think it’s me.”

“A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape of the universe, helps to extend everyone’s knowledge of himself and the world around him.”

 

Poetry:

~”Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

 

~“And I rose
In rainy autumn
And walked abroad in a shower of all my days…”

 

~“Time passes. Listen. Time passes.
Come closer now.
Only you can hear the houses sleeping in the streets in the slow deep salt and silent black, bandaged night.”

 

~“Time held me green and dying
Though I sang in my chains like the sea.”

 

~“They shall have stars at elbow and foot;
Though they go mad they shall be sane,
Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;
Though lovers be lost love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion.”

~“Especially when the October wind
With frosty fingers punishes my hair,
Caught by the crabbing sun I walk on fire
And cast a shadow crab upon the land,
By the sea’s side, hearing the noise of birds,
Hearing the raven cough in winter sticks,
My busy heart who shudders as she talks
Sheds the syllabic blood and drains her words.”

 

Dylan Marlais Thomas was a Welsh poet and writer whose works include the poems “Do not go gentle into that good night” and “And death shall have no dominion”; the “play for voices” Under Milk Wood; and stories and radio broadcasts such as A Child’s Christmas in Wales and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog. Wikipedia

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I been Norman Mailer’d

Norman Mailer Quotes:

  • “Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.”

  • “Any war that requires the suspension of reason as a necessity for support is a bad war.”

  • “Poems should be like pins which prick the skin of boredom and leave a glow equal in its pride to the gate of the sadist who stuck the pin and walked away”

  • “Every moment of one’s existence one is growing into more or retreating into less. One is always living a little more or dying a little bit.”

Norman Kingsley Mailer was an American novelist, journalist, essayist, playwright, activist, film-maker and actor. In a career spanning over six decades, Mailer had 11 best-selling books, at least one in each of the seven decades after World War II—more than any other post-war American writer. Wikipedia

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“I learned the Truth from Lenny Bruce…”

Lenny Bruce Quotes that I  love…

  • “Let me tell you the truth: The truth is what is. And what should be is a fantasy a terrible, terrible lie that someone gave the people long ago.”

  • “Life is a four-letter word.”

  • “The American Constitution was not written to protect criminals; it was written to protect the government from becoming criminals.”

  • “There’s a lot of money in wars, except in the war on poverty. Can’t make any bread helping the poor.”

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Power ~ a quote

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.
~Alice Walker

 

 

 

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Susan B. Anthony quote

“Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it.” — Susan B. Anthony

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Quote- Poe

I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity. – Edgar Allen Poe

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Quote- Poe

“And haven’t I told you that what you mistake for madness is but over-acuteness of the senses.”― Edgar Allan Poe

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James Baldwin quote- and don’t miss the art at the bottom!

James Baldwin

The below quote is often reduced down to one sentence. “Artists are here to disturb the peace.” Which is great all on it’s own… but reading the whole quote is so much more.  Take a minute!

“Art has to be a kind of confession. I don’t mean a true confession in the sense of that dreary magazine. The effort it seems to me, is: if you can examine and face your life, you can discover the terms with which you are connected to other lives, and they can discover them, too — the terms with which they are connected to other people. This has happened to every one of us, I’m sure. You read something which you thought only happened to you, and you discovered it happened 100 years ago to Dostoyevsky. This is a very great liberation for the suffering, struggling person, who always thinks that they are alone. This is why art is important. Art would not be important if life were not important, and life is important. Most of us, no matter what we say, are walking in the dark, whistling in the dark. Nobody knows what is going to happen to them from one moment to the next, or how one will bear it. This is irreducible. And it’s true for everybody. Now, it is true that the nature of society is to create, among its citizens, an illusion of safety; but it is also absolutely true that the safety is always necessarily an illusion. Artists are here to disturb the peace. They have to disturb the peace. Otherwise, chaos.”

James Baldwin

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