E.E. Cummings quotes
Birthdate: 14. October 1894
Date of death: 3. September 1962
Edward Estlin "E. E." Cummings , often styled as e e cummings, as he sometimes signed his name, was an American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright. He wrote approximately 2,900 poems; two autobiographical novels; four plays and several essays. He is remembered as an eminent voice of 20th century English-language literature.
Quotes E.E. Cummings
„in time of daffodils(who know
the goal of living is to grow)
forgetting why, remember how
in time of lilacs who proclaim
the aim of waking is to dream,
remember so(forgetting seem)
in time of roses(who amaze
our now and here with paradise)
forgetting if, remember yes
in time of all sweet things beyond
whatever mind may comprehend,
remember seek(forgetting find)
and in a mystery to be
(when time from time shall set us free)
forgetting me, remember me“
95 poems (1958)
Variant: it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
„as small as a world and as large as alone
For whatever we lose(like a you or a me)
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea“
Variant: For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
It's always our self we find in the sea.
Source: 100 Selected Poems
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„To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.“
A Poet's Advice (1958)
Context: Almost anybody can learn to think or believe or know, but not a single human being can be taught to feel …
the moment you feel, you're nobody-but-yourself.
To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
„I will take the sun in my mouth
and leap into the ripe air
with closed eyes
to dash against darkness“
Variant: I will take the sun in my mouth and leap into the ripe air.
Source: Poems, 1923-1954
„i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes“
65 - This poem was used by Eric Whitacre for an a capella SATB chorus titled "i thank you God".
is 5 (1926)