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"Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected, unplanned by me."

"Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits."

"Arithmetic is where the answer is right and everything is nice and you can look out of the window and see the blue sky - or the answer is wrong and you have to start over and try again and see how it comes out this time."

"A baby is God's opinion that life should go on."

"Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands and goes to work."

"And how should a beautiful, ignorant stream of water know it heads for an early release - out across the desert, running toward the Gulf, below sea level, to murmur its lullaby, and see the Imperial Valley rise out of burning sand with cotton blossoms, wheat, watermelons, roses, how should it know?"

"Poetry is a packsack of invisible keepsakes."

"Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance."

"I've written some poetry I don't understand myself."

"Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come."

"All human actions are equivalent... and all are on principle doomed to failure."

"A book is never a masterpiece: it becomes one. Genius is the talent of a dead man."

"Anger is the most impotent of passions. It effects nothing it goes about, and hurts the one who is possessed by it more than the one against whom it is directed."

"I have always felt that a woman has the right to treat the subject of her age with ambiguity until, perhaps, she passes into the realm of over ninety. Then it is better she be candid with herself and with the world."

"The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring."

"A man may be born, but in order to be born he must first die, and in order to die he must first awake."

"Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you."

"Let the gentle bush dig its root deep and spread upward to split the boulder."

"If America forgets where she came from, if the people lose sight of what brought them along, if she listens to the deniers and mockers, then will begin the rot and dissolution."

"In these times you have to be an optimist to open your eyes when you awake in the morning."

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