John Ciardi

John Ciardi


Author Profession: US writer
Born: June 24, 1916
Died: March 30, 1986
Birth Sign: Cancer


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The day will happen whether or not you get up.

Intelligence recognizes what has happened. Genius recognizes what will happen.

The classroom should be an entrance into the world, not an escape from it.

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.

Nothing goes further toward a man's liberation than the act of surviving his need for character.

You don't have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.

A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.

Every parent is at some time the father of the unreturned prodigal, with nothing to do but keep his house open to hope.

Love is the word used to label the sexual excitement of the young, the habituation of the middle-aged, and the mutual dependence of the old.

Every game ever invented by mankind, is a way of making things hard for the fun of it!

The Constitution gives every American the inalienable right to make a damn fool of himself.

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.

Written by a sponge dipped in warm milk and sprinkled with sugar.

A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in the students.

There is nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.

A neighborhood is a residential area that is changing for the worse.

Gentility is what is left over from rich ancestors after the money is gone.

Poetry lies its way to the truth.

The reader deserves an honest opinion. If he doesn't deserve it, give it to him anyhow.

A dollar saved is a quarter earned.

Nobody knows what anticipation is anymore. Everything is so immediate. Joan Jett age

I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well. Alexander the Great quotes

The difference between a hero and a coward is one step sideways. Gene Hackman

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