Theodore Roethke Quotes

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Theodore Roethke Quotes

By daily dying, I have come to be.
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What falls away is always. And is near.

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A lively understandable spirit Once entertained you. It will come again. Be still. Wait.

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What is madness but nobility of the soul at odds with circumstance.

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From I Knew a Woman
I knew a woman, lovely in her bones,
When small birds sighed, she would sigh back at them;
Ah, when she moved, she moved more ways than one:
The shapes a bright container can contain!

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My father is a fish.

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The two duties are to lament or praise.

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When true love broke my heart in half,
I took the whiskey from the shelf,
And told my neighbors when to laugh.
I keep a dog, and bark myself.

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Brooding on God, I may become a man.

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I wish I could find an event that meant as much as simple seeing.

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What have I done, dear God, to deserve this perpetual feeling that I'm almost ready to begin something really new?

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I have come to a still, but not a deep center,
A point outside the glittering current;
My eyes stare at the bottom of a river,
At the irregular stones, iridescent sandgrains,
My mind moves in more than one place,
In a country half-land, half-water.
I am renewed by death, thought of my death,
The dry scent of a dying garden in September,
The wind fanning the ash of a low fire.
What I love is near at hand,
Always, in earth and air.

— Theodore Roethke

Being, not doing, is my first joy.

— Theodore Roethke

In the kingdom of bang and blab.

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Wake the happy words.

— Theodore Roethke

(I measure time by how a body sways.)

— Theodore Roethke

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