e. e. cummings Quotes (49 Quotes)


    To destroy is always the first step in any creation.

    Knowledge is a polite word for dead but not buried imagination.


    At least the Pilgrim Fathers used to shoot Indians: the Pilgrim Children merely punch time clocks.

    maggie and millie and molly and maymaggie and millie and molly and maywent down to the beach (to play one day)and maggie discovered a shell that sangso sweetly she couldn't remember her troubles,andmillie befriended a stranded starwho's rays five languid fingers wereand molly was chased by a horrible thingwhich raced sideways while blowing bubblesandmay came home with a smooth round stoneas small as a world and as large as alone.For whatever we lose (like a you or a me)it's always ourselves we find in the sea.


    To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.

    Unless you love someone, nothing else makes any sense.

    when god decided to inventeverything he took onebreath bigger than a circustentand everything began.

    Take the matter of being born. What does being born mean to most people

    Private property began the instant somebody had a mind of his own.

    Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.

    Here is the deepest secret nobody knows.Here is the root of the root and the bud of the budAnd the sky of the sky of a tree called lifeWhich grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide.And this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart.I carry your heart.I carry it in my heart.

    I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.

    Humanity I love you because when you're hard up you pawn your intelligence to buy a drink.



    If a poet is anybody, he is somebody to whom things made matter very little - somebody who is obsessed by Making.

    Listen; there's a hell of a good universe next door: let's go.

    The Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls are unbeautiful and have comfortable minds.

    America makes prodigious mistakes, America has colossal faults, but one thing cannot be denied: America is always on the move. She may be going to Hell, of course, but at least she isn't standing still.


    Sweet springtime is my time is your time is our time for springtime is love time and viva sweet love.

    Your poems are rather hard to understand, whereas your paintings are so easy.EasyOf courseyou paint flowers and girls and sunsets things that everybody understands.I never met him.WhoEverybody.Did you ever hear of nonrepresentational paintingI am.Pardon meI am a painter, and painting is nonrepresentational.Not all painting.No housepainting is representational.And what does a housepainter representTen dollars an hour.In other words, you dont want to be seriousIt takes two to be serious.

    I don't know what it is about you that closes and opensonly something in me understands the voice of your eyes is deeper than all the roses.

    I like my body when it is with your body. It is so quite new a thing. Muscles better and nerves more.

    The snow doesn't give a soft white damn whom it touches.


    It is with roses and locomotives (not to mention acrobats Spring electricity Coney Island the 4th of July the eyes of mice and Niagara Falls) that my ''poems'' are competing.

    Who knows if the moon's a balloon, coming out of a keen city in the sky filled with pretty people

    The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.


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