Best Quotes by Jack Gilbert (Top 10)

  1. Everyone forgets Icarus also flew.
  2. I dream of lost vocabularies that might express some of what we no longer can.
  3. We must have the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless furnace of this world.
  4. The heart lies to itself because it must.
  5. We must unlearn the constellations to see the stars.
  6. We must risk delight. We can do without pleasure,but not delight. Not enjoyment. We must havethe stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthlessfurnace of this world. To make injustice the onlymeasure of our attention is to praise the Devil.
  7. WAKING AT NIGHT The blue river is grey at morning and evening. There is twilight at dawn and dusk. I lie in the dark wondering if this quiet in me now is a beginning or an end.
  8. We exist with a wind whispering inside and our moon flexing. Amid the ducts, inside the basilica of bones.
  9. Duende I can't remember her name. It's not as though I've been in bed with that many women. The truth is I can't even remember her face. I kind of know how strong her thighs were, and her beauty. But what I won't forget is the way she tore open the barbecued chicken with her hands, and wiped the grease on her breasts.
  10. Are the angels of her bed the angelswho come near me alone in mine?Are the green trees in her windowthe color is see in ripe plums?If she always sees backwardand upside down without knowing itwhat chance do we have? I am hauntedby the feeling that she is sayingmelting lords of death, avalanches,rivers and moments of passing through,And I am replying, "Yes, yes.Shoes and pudding."

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