Wallace Stevens: Priest of the Invisible

Wallace Stevens David Hockney

“There is no wing like meaning.”

“There is nothing in life except what one thinks of it.”

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

“The poet is the priest of the invisible.”

“The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself.”

“Of the Surface of Things In my room, the world is beyond my understanding; But when I walk I see that it consists of three or four Hills and a cloud.”

“The way through the world is more difficult to find than the way beyond it.”

“Reality is not what it is. It consists of the many realities which it can be made into.”

“A change of style is a change of meaning.”

They said, “You have a blue guitar You do not play things as they are”. The man replied,”things as they are Are changed upon the blue guitar”.

“It is never the thing but the vision of the thing.”
“Death is the mother of beauty; hence from her, Alone, shall come fulfillment to our dreams And our desires.”

“We say God and the imagination are one… How high that highest candle lights the dark.”

“The fire burns as the novel taught it how.”

All quotes by Wallace Stevens

Artwork by David Hockney

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