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Charles Olson Quotes

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Charles Olson
December 27, 1910 - January 10, 1970
Nationality: American
Category: Poet
Subcategory: American Poet

Forgive me if I sleep until I wake up.


The heroes of the present will retreat to the imitation they are anyhow.


I'm one of the cliches that has grown up.


I'm trying to climb up both walls at once.


This country has been unconscious, and it's got to awake. That's my belief.


Atlantis will rise again.


We're all moving, moving, moving. Isn't it nice?


We all want what's been suddenly disallowed.


I hope you're representing the devil's advocate.


You can read everybody. It's not even interesting to tell the truth because to some extent it's false.


There is a grace of life which is still yours, my dear Europe.


I am happy to have some friends here in the kitchen.


When will government cease being a nuisance to everybody?


I sound like Homer. I mean Winslow Homer.


Fact is based upon vulgar matter.


You don't help people in your poems. I've been trying to help people all my life - that's my trouble.


I don't live for poetry. I live far more than anybody else does.


This morning of the small snow I count the blessings, the leak in the faucet which makes of the sink time, the drop of the water on water.


You can do anything, literally, right? That's one of the exciting possibilities of the present.


I'm sorry, but I was born with a towel on my head.


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