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John Ciardi
John Ciardi
(1916 - 1986)
American poet and author.
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A savage is simply a human organism that has not received enough news from the human race.
- John Ciardi | Civilization Quotes
(Conviction) is possible only in a world more primitive than ours can be perceived to be. A man can achieve a simply gnomic conviction only by ignoring the radical describers of his environment, or by hating them, as convinced men have hated, say, Darwin and Freud, as agents of some devil.
It is easy enough to praise men for the courage of their convictions. I wish I could teach the sad young of this mealy generation the courage of their confusions.
A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students.
- John Ciardi | Education Quotes
Gentility is what is left over from rich ancestors after the money is gone.
- John Ciardi | Heredity Quotes
Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves they have a better idea.
Every parent is at some time the father of the unreturned prodigal, with nothing to do but keep his house open to hope.
- John Ciardi | Parenthood Quotes
Boys are the cash of war. Whoever said: we're not free spenders- doesn't know our like.
- John Ciardi | War Quotes
You have to fall in love with hanging around words.
If a man means his writing seriously, he must mean to write well. But how can he write well until he learns to see what he has written badly. His progress toward good writing and his recognition of bad writing are bound to unfold at something like the same rate.
There is nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.


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