Wallace Stevens Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old wallace stevens quotes, wallace stevens sayings, and wallace stevens proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The summer night is like a perfection of thought.     

Wallace Stevens

The imagination is man's power over nature.     

Wallace Stevens

The day of the sun is like the day of a king. It is a promenade in the morning, a sitting on the throne at noon, a pageant in the evening.     

Wallace Stevens

Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise!     

Wallace Stevens

The summer night is like a perfection of thought.     

Wallace Stevens

It is the unknown that excites the ardor of scholars, who, in the known alone, would shrivel up with boredom.     

Wallace Stevens

It is the unknown that excites the ardor of scholars, who, in the known alone, would shrivel up with boredom.     

Wallace Stevens

Next to love is the desire for love.     

Wallace Stevens

Poetry is the statement of a relation between a man and the world.     

Wallace Stevens

The only emperor is the emperor of ice cream.     

Wallace Stevens

Unfortunately there is nothing more inane than an Easter carol. It is a religious perversion of the activity of Spring in our blood.     

Wallace Stevens

Style is not something applied. It is something that permeates. It is of the nature of that in which it is found, whether the poem, the manner of a god, the bearing of a man. It is not a dress.     

Wallace Stevens

How red the rose that is the soldier.     

Wallace Stevens

How red the rose that is the soldier's wound, The wounds of many soldiers, the wounds of all The soldiers that have fallen, red in blood, The soldier of time grown deathless in great size.     

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Our bloom is gone. We are the fruit thereof.     

Wallace Stevens

Metaphor creates a new reality from which the original appears to be unreal.     

Wallace Stevens

Realism is a corruption of reality.     

Wallace Stevens

A diary is more or less the work of a man of clay whose hands are clumsy and in whose eyes there is no light.     

Wallace Stevens

It is the sea that whitens the roof. The sea drifts through the winter air. It is the sea that the north wind makes. The sea is in the falling snow.     

Wallace Stevens

The only emperor is the emperor of ice cream.     

Wallace Stevens

Accuracy of observation is the equivalent of accuracy of thinking.     

Wallace Stevens

It is the unknown that excites the ardor of scholars, who, in the known alone, would shrivel up with boredom.      

Wallace Stevens

The magnificent cause of being, the imagination, the one reality in this imagined world.     

Wallace Stevens

One sparrow is worth a thousand gulls, When it sings. The gull sits on chimney-tops. He mocks the guinea, challenges The crow, inciting various modes. The sparrow requites one, without intent.     

Wallace Stevens

How full of trifles everything is! It is only one's thoughts that fill a room with something more than furniture.     

Wallace Stevens

After the final no there comes a yes. And on that yes the future world depends.     

Wallace Stevens

Accuracy of observation is the equivalent of accuracy of thinking.     

Wallace Stevens

The yellow glistens. It glistens with various yellows, Citrons, oranges and greens.Flowering over the skin.     

Wallace Stevens

God is gracious to some very peculiar people.     

Wallace Stevens

The tomb in Palestine Is not the porch of spirits lingering. It is the grave of Jesus, where he lay.     

Wallace Stevens