E. E. Cummings (Writer)

#15751 E. E. Cummings

The typography of some of these quotes may seem incorrect: it probably isn't. Outside of some bolding for emphasis of well noted or notable statements, and a few marks of ellipsis "…" for gaps, the author's often odd original typography has been retained, so much as possible, in many of the quotes, including where punctuation marks between words are often used without any spaces. .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about quotes
#15752 E. E. Cummings

Writing...is an art; and artists...are human beings. As a human being stands, so a human being is.... .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about art
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All in green went my love riding on a great horse of gold into the silver dawn. .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about love
#15754 E. E. Cummings

it's spring when the world is puddle-wonderful .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about world
#15755 E. E. Cummings

So, ungentle reader, (as you and I value what we should ashamed—after witnessing a few minor circus-marvels—to call our "lives,") let us never be fooled into taking seriously that perfectly superficial distinction which is vulgarly drawn between the circus-show and "art" or "the arts." Let us not forget that every authentic "work of art" is in and of itself alive and that, however "the arts" may differ among themselves, their common function is the expression of that supreme alive-ness which is known as "beauty." This being so, our three ring circus is art—for to contend that the spectacle in question is not an authentic manifestation of "beauty" is as childish, as to dismiss the circus on the ground that it is "childish," is idiotic. .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about art
#15756 E. E. Cummings

somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyondany experience, your eyes have their silence. in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me, or which i cannot touch because they are too near your slightest look easily will unclose methough i have closed myself as fingers, you always open petal by petal myself as Spring opens(touching skilfully,mysteriously)her first rose or if it be your wish to close me, i and my life will shut very beautifully, suddenly as the heart of this flower imagines the snow carefully everywhere descending; nothing we are to perceive in this world equals the power of your intense fragility: whose texture compels me with the colour of its countries rendering death and forever with each breathing .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about life
#15757 E. E. Cummings

(i do not know what it is about you that closesand opens;only something in me understandsthe voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)nobody,not even the rain,has such small hands .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about body
#15758 E. E. Cummings

My theory of technique, if I have one, is very far from original; nor is it complicated. I can express it in fifteen words, by quoting The Eternal Question And Immortal Answer of burlesk, viz. "Would you hit a woman with a child?— No, I'd hit her with a brick." Like the burlesk comedian, I am abnormally fond of that precision which creates movement. .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about words
#15759 E. E. Cummings

I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance. .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about sin
#15760 E. E. Cummings

Simple people,people who don't exist,prefer things which don't exist,simple things. "Good" and "bad" are simple things. You bomb me = "bad." I bomb you = "good." Simple people(who,incidentally,run this socalled world)know this(they know everything)whereas complex people—people who feel something—are very,very ignorant and really don't know anything. .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about people
#15761 E. E. Cummings

Very luckily for you and me,the uncivilized sun mysteriously shines on "good" and "bad" alike. He is an artist. .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about art
#15762 E. E. Cummings

Art is a mystery. A mystery is something immeasurable. In so far as every child and woman and man may be immeasurable, art is the mystery of every man and woman and child. In so far as a human being is an artist, skies and mountains and oceans and thunderbolts and butterflies are immeasurable; and art is every mystery of nature. Nothing measurable can be alive; nothing which is not alive can be art; nothing which cannot be art is true: and everything untrue doesn’t matter a very good God damn... .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about art
#15763 E. E. Cummings

Why do you paint? For exactly the same reason I breathe. That’s not an answer. There isn’t any answer. How long hasn’t there been any answer? As long as I can remember. And how long have you written? As long as I can remember. I mean poetry. So do I. .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about poetry
#15764 E. E. Cummings

Your poems are rather hard to understand, whereas your paintings are so easy. Easy? Of course—you paint flowers and girls and sunsets; things that everybody understands. I never met him. Who? Everybody. Did you ever hear of nonrepresentational painting? I am. Pardon me? I am a painter, and painting is nonrepresentational. Not all painting. No: housepainting is representational. And what does a housepainter represent? Ten dollars an hour.In other words, you don’t want to be serious— It takes two to be serious. .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about pain
#15765 E. E. Cummings

when you confuse art with propaganda,you confuse an act of God with something which can be turned on and off like the hot water faucet. If "God" means nothing to you(or less than nothing)I'll cheerfully substitute one of your own favorite words,"freedom". You confuse freedom—the only freedom—with absolute tyranny… all over this socalled world,hundreds of millions of servile and insolent inhuman unbeings are busily unrolling in the enlightenment of propaganda. .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about freedom
#15766 E. E. Cummings

There are still a few erect human beings in the socalled world. Proudly and humbly,I say to these human beings: "O my fellow citizens,many an honest man believes a lie. Though you are as honest as the day, fear and hate the liar. Fear and hate him when he should be feared and hated:now. Fear and hate him were he should be feared and hated:in yourselves. "Do not hate and fear the artist in yourselves,my fellow citizens. Honour him and love him. Love him truly— do not try to possess him. Trust him as nobly as you trust tomorrow. "Only the artist in yourselves is more truthful than the night." .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about love
#15767 E. E. Cummings

Life,for eternal us,is now .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about life
#15768 E. E. Cummings

Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite in fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun, more last than star... .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about truth
#15769 E. E. Cummings

milly befriended a stranded star whose rays five languid fingers were; and molly was chased by a horrible thing which raced sideways while blowing bubbles:and may came home with a smooth round stone as small as the world and as big as alone for whatever we lose (like a you or a me) it's always ourselves we find in the sea .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about world
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all ignorance toboggans into know and trudges up to ignorance again .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about ignorance
#15771 E. E. Cummings

that strictly(and how)scienti fic land of supernod where freedom is compulsory and only man is god. .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about god
#15772 E. E. Cummings

There are certain things in which one is unable to believe for the simple reason that he never ceases to feel them. Things of this sort— things which are always inside of us and in fact are us and which consequently will not be pushed off or away where we can begin thinking about them— are no longer things; they, and the us which they are, equals A Verb; an IS. .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about thinking
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a man who had fallen among thieves lay by the roadside on his back dressed in fifteenthrate ideas wearing a round jeer for a hat .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about man
#15774 E. E. Cummings

wholly to be a fool while Spring is in the world my blood approves, and kisses are a better fate than wisdom .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about wisdom
#15775 E. E. Cummings

life's not a paragraph And death i think is no parenthesis .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about life
#15776 E. E. Cummings

Here life is, moves; faintly. A wrist. The faint throb of blood, precise, miraculous . . . And they talk of dying! The blood delicately descending and ascending: making an arm. Being an arm. The warm flesh, the dim slender flesh filled with life, slenderer than a miracle, frailer . . . These are the shoulders through which fell the world. The dangerous shoulders of Eve, in god's entire garden newly strolling. .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about life
#15777 E. E. Cummings

A distinct throat. Which breathes. A head: small, smaller than a flower. With eyes and with lips. Lips more slender than light; a smile how carefully and slowly made, a smile made entirely of dream. Eyes deeper than Spring. Eyes darker than Spring, more new . . . These, these are the further miracles . . . the breasts. Thighs. The All which is beyond comprehension — the All which is perpetually discovered, yet undiscovered: sexual, sweet, Alive! .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about sex
#15778 E. E. Cummings

It may take two people to make a really beautiful mistake .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about people
#15779 E. E. Cummings

ye!the godless are the dull and the dull are the damned .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about god
#15780 E. E. Cummings

Women and men (both little and small) cared for anyone not at all they sowed their isn't they reaped their same sun moon stars rain… all by all and deep by deep and more by more they dream their sleep .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about men
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my father moved through dooms of love through sames of am through haves of give singing each morning out of each night my father moved through depths of height .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about love
#15782 E. E. Cummings

and nothing quite so least as truth —i say though hate were why men breathe— because my father lived his soullove is the whole and more than all .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about love
#15783 E. E. Cummings

love is the every only god .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about love
#15784 E. E. Cummings

love is more thicker than forget …it is more sane and sunly and more it cannot die than all the sky which only is higher than the sky .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about love
#15785 E. E. Cummings

measureless our pure living complete lovewhose doom is beauty and its fate to grow .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about love
#15786 E. E. Cummings

on forever's very now we stand .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about forever
#15787 E. E. Cummings

a politician is an arse upon which everyone has sat except a man .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about man
#15788 E. E. Cummings

told him:he couldn't believe it( told him;he wouldn't believe it tsze certainly told him,and general (yes mam); and even (believe it or not)you told him:i told him;we told him (he didn't believe it,no sir) .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about believe
#15789 E. E. Cummings

pity this busy monster, manunkind, not. Progress is a comfortable disease: your victim (death and life safely beyond) plays with the bigness of his littleness .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about life
#15790 E. E. Cummings

We doctors know a hopeless case if — listen: there's a hell of a good universe next door; let's go .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about hope
#15791 E. E. Cummings

—when skies are hanged and oceans drowned, the single secret will still be man .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about man
#15792 E. E. Cummings

what if a dawn of a doom of a dream bites this universe in two, peels forever out of it's grave and sprinkles nowhere with me and you? .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about dream
#15793 E. E. Cummings

no sunbeam ever lies .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about lies
#15794 E. E. Cummings

true wars are never won .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about war
#15795 E. E. Cummings

'and liars kill their kind but' her,my 'love creates love only' our .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about love
#15796 E. E. Cummings

nothing false and possible is love (who's imagined, therefore limitless) love's to giving as to keeping's give; as yes is to if, love is to yes .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about love
#15797 E. E. Cummings

true lovers in each happening of their hearts live longer than all which and every who; .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about love
#15798 E. E. Cummings

yes is a pleasant country… love is a deeper season than reason .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about love
#15799 E. E. Cummings

—tommorow is our permanent address and there they'll scarcely find us(if they do, we'll move away still further:into now .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about man
#15800 E. E. Cummings

nothing except the impossible shall occur .

E. E. Cummings Quotes about possible

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