John Ashbery Quotes

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John Ashbery Quotes

In the increasingly convincing darkness
The words become palpable, like a fruit
That is too beautiful to eat.
— John Ashbery —

Until only infinity remained of beauty

— John Ashbery

How many people came and stayed a certain time,
Uttered light or dark speech that became part of you
Like light behind windblown fog and sand
Filtered and influenced by it, until no part
Remains that is surely you.

— John Ashbery

Much that is beautiful must be discarded So that we may resemble a taller Impression of ourselves.

— John Ashbery

The gray glaze of the past attacks all know-how ...

— John Ashbery

I lost my ridiculous accent without acquiring another

— John Ashbery

If you need a certain vitality you can only supply it yourself, or there comes a point, anyway, when no one's actions but your own seem dramatically convincing and justifiable in the plot that the number of your days concocts.

— John Ashbery

Until, accustomed to disappointments, you can let yourself rule and be ruled by these strings or emanations that connect everything together, you haven't fully exorcised the demon of doubt that sets you in motion like a rocking horse that cannot stop rocking.

— John Ashbery

The winter does what it can for its children.

— John Ashbery

The mind Is so hospitable, taking in everything Like boarders, and you don't see until It's all over how little there was to learn Once the stench of knowledge has dissipated.

— John Ashbery

Life is not at all what you might think it to be
A simple tale where each thing has its history
It's much more than its scuffle and anything goes
Both evil and good, subject to the same laws.

— John Ashbery

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