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Theodore Roethke Quotes

Theodore Roethke Quote: “What we need is more people who specialize in the impossible.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “Those who are willing to be vulnerable move among mysteries.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “A mind too active is no mind at all.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “Love is not love until love’s vulnerable.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “How body from spirit slowly does unwind, until we are pure spirit at the end.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow. I feel my fate in what I cannot fear. I learn by going where I have to go.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “The darkness has it’s own light.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “By daily dying, I have come to be.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “May my silences become more accurate.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “The self says, I am; The heart says, I am less; The spirit says, you are Nothing.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “In a dark time, the mind begins to see.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “Being, not doing, is my first joy.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “Should we say the self, once perceived, becomes the soul?”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “In the kingdom of bang and blab.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “What is madness but nobility of soul at odds with circumstance?”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “Time marks us while we are marking time.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “I long for the imperishable quiet at the heart of form.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “I have gone into the waste lonely places.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “Be sure that whatever you are is you.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “I am overwhelmed by the beautiful disorder of poetry, the eternal virginity of words.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “Art is the means we have of undoing the damage of haste. It’s what everything else isn’t.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “What have I done, dear God, to deserve this perpetual feeling that I’m almost ready to begin something really new?”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “A lively understandable spirit Once entertained you. It will come again. Be still. Wait.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “The light comes brighter from the east; the cawOf restive crows is sharper on the ear.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “Love begets love. This torment is my joy.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “What falls away is always. And is near.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “I can hear, underground, that sucking and sobbing, In my veins, in my bones I feel it,- The small water seeping upward, The tight grains parting at last. When sprouts break out, Slippery as fish, I quail, lean to beginnings, sheath-wet.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “And what a congress of stinks!- Roots ripe as old bait, Pulpy stems, rank, silo-rich, Leaf mold, manure, lime, piled against slippery planks, Nothing would give up life: Even the dirt kept breathing a small breath.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “The visible exhausts me. I am dissolved in shadow.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “I learned not to fear infinity, The far field, the windy cliffs of forever, The dying of time in the white light of tomorrow, The wheel turning away from itself, The sprawl of the wave, The on-coming water.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “You must believe: a poem is a holy thing – a good poem, that is. The poem, even a short time after being written, seems no miracle; unwritten, it seems something beyond the capacity of the gods.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “I came where the river Ran over stones; My ears knew An early joy. And all the waters Of all the streams Sang in my veins That summer day.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “I learn by going where I have to go.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “God bless the roots! Body and soul are one.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “The stones were sharp, The wind came at my back; Walking along the highway, Mincing like a cat.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “I came to love, I came into my own.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “In this place of light: he dares to live Who stops being a bird, yet beats his wings Against the immense immeasurable emptiness of things.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “What’s important? That which is dug out of books, or out of the guts?”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “But when I breath with the birds, The spirit of wrath becomes the spirit of blessings, And the dead begin from their dark to sing in my sleep.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “So much of adolescence is an ill-defined dying, An intolerable waiting, A longing for another place and time, Another condition.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “Pain wanders through my bones like a lost fire.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “Nothing would give up life: Even the dirt keeps breathing a small breath.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “Fear was my father, Father Fear. His look drained the stones.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “We think by feeling. What is there to know?”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “I wish I could find an event that meant as much as simple seeing.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “I lose and find myself in the long water. I am gathered together once more.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “Any fool can take a bad line out of a poem; it takes a real pro to throw out a good line.”
Theodore Roethke Quote: “You must believe a poem is a holy thing, a good poem, that is.”
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