Archibald MacLeish Quotes

There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience and that is not learning from experience.

Archibald MacLeish

Journalism is concerned with events, poetry with feelings. Journalism is concerned with the look of the world, poetry with the feel of the world.

Archibald MacLeish

The perversion of the mind is only possible when those who should be heard in its defense are silent.

Archibald MacLeish

A real writer learns from earlier writers the way a boy learns from an apple orchard-by stealing what he has a taste for and can carry off.

Archibald MacLeish

Journalism wishes to tell what it is that has happened everywhere as though the same things had happened for every man. Poetry wishes to say what it is like for any man to be himself in the presence of a particular occurrence as though only he were alone there.

Archibald MacLeish

The one man who should never attempt an explanation on poetry is its author. If the poem can be improved by its author?s explanations, it never should have been published.

Archibald MacLeish

There are those who will say that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is the American Dream.

Archibald MacLeish

Conventional wisdom notwithstanding, there is no reason either in football or in poetry why the two should not meet in a man's life if he has the weight and cares about the words.

Archibald MacLeish

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