E. E. Cummings Top 10 Quotes

We do not believe in ourselves until someone else reveals that deep inside of us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.
E. E. Cummings
A politician is an arse upon which everyone has sat except a man.
E. E. Cummings
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.
E. E. Cummings (A Poets Advice, 1958)
No sunbeam ever lies.
E. E. Cummings (1 x 1, 1944)
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.
E. E. Cummings (A Poets Advice, 1958)
Kisses are a better fate than wisdom.
E. E. Cummings (Is 5, 1926)
I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing than to teach ten thousand stars how not to dance.
E. E. Cummings (Collected Poems, 1938)
Something in me understands the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses.
E. E. Cummings (W Viva, 1931)
Unless you love someone, nothing else makes any sense.
E. E. Cummings
Time is a strange fellow, he gives more than he takes.. And he takes all.
E. E. Cummings (95 Poems, 1958)
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E. E. Cummings Biography

Born: October 14, 1894
Died: September 3, 1962

Edward Estlin Cummings was an American poet, painter and writer. He is mostly known for his poetry, and is also the author of two autobiographical novels and several essays.

Notable Works

The Enormous Room (1922)
Tulips and Chimneys (1923)
Eimi (1933)
No Thanks (1935)
Collected Poems (1960)

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