Elizabeth Bishop Quotes

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Elizabeth Bishop Quotes

Since we do float on an unknown sea, I think we should examine the other floating things that come our way carefully; who knows what may depend on it?
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The art of losing isn't hard to master;
so many things seemed filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster

— Elizabeth Bishop

If after I read a poem the world looks like that poem for 24 hours or so I'm sure it's a good one-and the same goes for paintings.

— Elizabeth Bishop

All my life i have lived and behaved very much like the sandpiper just running down the edges of different countries and continents, looking for something.

— Elizabeth Bishop

I am in need of music that would flow
Over my fretful, feeling finger-tips,
Over my bitter-tainted, trembling lips,
With melody, deep, clear, and liquid-slow.
Oh, for the healing swaying, old and low,
Of some song sung to rest the tired dead,
A song to fall like water on my head,
And over quivering limbs, dream flushed to glow!
There is a magic made by melody:
A spell of rest, and quiet breath, and cool
Heart, that sinks through fading colors deep
To the subaqueous stillness of the sea,
And floats forever in a moon-green pool,
Held in the arms of rhythm and of sleep.

— Elizabeth Bishop

Think of the long trip home. Should we have stayed home and thought of here? Where should we be today?

— Elizabeth Bishop

The armored cars of dreams, contrived to let us do so many a dangerous thing.

— Elizabeth Bishop

All the untidy activity continues,
awful but cheerful.

— Elizabeth Bishop

Lullaby For the Cat
Minnow, go to sleep and dream,
Close your great big eyes;
Round your bed Events prepare
The pleasantest surprise.
Darling Minnow, drop that frown,
Just cooperate,
Not a kitten shall be drowned
In the Marxist State.
Joy and Love will both be yours,
Minnow, don't be glum.
Happy days are coming soon
Sleep, and let them come ...

— Elizabeth Bishop

Should we have stayed home and thought of here?

— Elizabeth Bishop

Somebody embroidered the doily.
Somebody waters the plant,
or oils it, maybe. Somebody
arranges the rows of cans
so that they softly say:
esso-so-so-so
to high-strung automobiles.
Somebody loves us all.

— Elizabeth Bishop

The whole shadow of Man is only as big as his hat.

— Elizabeth Bishop

It is like what we imagine knowledge to be: dark, salt, clear, moving, utterly free.

— Elizabeth Bishop

Someone loves us all.

— Elizabeth Bishop

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