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    There is no reason for amazement: surely one always knew that cultures decay, and life's end is death.
    — Robinson Jeffers
    tags: death  culture 
     
    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack.
    — Robinson Jeffers
    tags: truth  passion 
     
    I have seen these ways of God: I know of no reason For fire and change and torture and the old returnings.
    — Robinson Jeffers
    tags: fire 
     
    civilization is a transient sickness.
    — Robinson Jeffers
    tags: civilization 
     
    Happy people die whole, they are all dissolved in a moment, they have had what they wanted.
    — Robinson Jeffers
    tags: people  moment  die 
     
    This wild swan of a world is no hunter's game.
    — Robinson Jeffers
    tags: world  wild  games 
     
    I've changed my ways a little, I cannot now Run with you in the evenings along the shore, Except in a kind of dream, and you, if you dream a moment, You see me there.
    — Robinson Jeffers
    tags: moment  dreams 
     
    It seems to me that this whole alone is worthy of the deeper sort of love; and that there is peace, freedom, I might say a kind of salvation, in turning one's affections outward toward this one God, rather than inwards on one's self, or on humanity, or on human imaginations and abstractions - the world of the spirits.
    — Robinson Jeffers
    He is strong and pain is worse to the strong, incapacity is worse.
    — Robinson Jeffers
    tags: pain  strong 
     
    The world's in a bad way, my man, And bound to be worse before it mends; Better lie up in the mountain here Four or five centuries, While the stars go over the lonely ocean.
    — Robinson Jeffers
    tags: men  world  lies  star  ocean  bad 
     
    Long live freedom and damn the ideologies.
    — Robinson Jeffers
    tags: freedom  live 
     
    A little too abstract, a little too wise, It is time for us to kiss the earth again, It is time to let the leaves rain from the skies, Let the rich life run to the roots again.
    — Robinson Jeffers
    tags: time  earth  sky  rain  wise  kiss 
     
    That public men publish falsehoods Is nothing new. That America must accept Like the historical republics corruption and empire Has been known for years. Be angry at the sun for setting If these things anger you.
    — Robinson Jeffers
    tags: men  anger  america  historical  year 
     
    Poetry is not a civilizer, rather the reverse, for great poetry appeals to the most primitive instincts.
    — Robinson Jeffers
    tags: poetry  instinct 
     
    It is only a little planet, but how beautiful it is.
    — Robinson Jeffers
    tags: beautiful 
     
    Still the mind smiles at its own rebellions.
    — Robinson Jeffers
    tags: smile  mind 
     
    Nature knows that people are a tide that swells and in time will ebb, and all their works dissolve ... As for us: We must uncenter our minds from ourselves. We must unhumanize our views a little and become confident as the rock and ocean that we are made from.
    — Robinson Jeffers
    tags: time  nature  people  work  ocean  mind 
     
    Cruelty is a part of nature, at least of human nature, but it is the one thing that seems unnatural to us.
    — Robinson Jeffers
    tags: nature  human  cruelty 
     
    Imagination, the traitor of the mind, has taken my solitude and slain it.
    — Robinson Jeffers
    Well: the day is a poem but too much Like one of Jeffers's, crusted with blood and barbaric omens Painful to excess, inhuman as a hawk's cry.
    — Robinson Jeffers
    tags: blood  poem 
     
    If you should look for this place after a handful of lifetimes:Perhaps of my planted forest a fewMay stand yet, dark-leaved Australians or the coast cypress, haggardWith storm-drift; but fire and the axe are devils.Look for foundations of sea-worn granite, my fingers had the artTo make stone love stone, you will find some remnant.
    — Robinson Jeffers
    tags: fire 
     
    The love of freedom has been the quality of Western man.
    — Robinson Jeffers
    tags: men  freedom  quality 
     
    Only the drum is confident, it thinks the world has not changed
    — Robinson Jeffers
    tags: world 
     
    ...[K]now that however ugly the parts appear the whole remains beautiful. A severed hand Is an ugly thing, and man dissevered from the earth and stars and his history... for contemplation or in fact... Often appears atrociously ugly. Integrity is wholeness, the greatest beauty is Organic wholeness, the wholeness of life and things, the divine beauty of the universe....
    — Robinson Jeffers
    And you, America, that passion made you. You were not born toprosperity, you were born to love freedom.You did not say "en masse," you said "independence." But wecannot have all the luxuries and freedom also.
    — Robinson Jeffers
    tags: freedom  america  passion 
     
    As for me, I would rather be a worm in a wild apple than a son of man. But we are what we are, and we might remember not to hate any person, for all are vicious; And not to be astonished at any evil, all are deserved; And not to fear death; it is the only way to be cleansed.
    — Robinson Jeffers
    tags: evil  fear  men  people  hate  wild  son 
     
    Truly men hate the truth; they'd liefer meet a tiger on the road.
    — Robinson Jeffers
    tags: men  hate 
     
    Does it matter whether you hate yourself? At least love your eyes that can see, your mind that can hear the music, the thunder of the wings.
    — Robinson Jeffers
    tags: hate  eyes  music  mind  wings 
     
    We might remember ... not to fear death; it is the only way to be cleansed.
    — Robinson Jeffers
    tags: fear 
     
    Seagulls . . . slim yachts of the element.
    — Robinson Jeffers
    Hear the music, the thunder of the wings. Love the wild swan.
    — Robinson Jeffers
    tags: wild  music  wings 
     
    God is a lion that comes in the night. God is a hawk gliding among the stars- If all the stars and the earth, and the living flesh of the night that flows in between them, and whatever is beyond them Were that one bird. He has a bloody beak and harsh talons, he pounces and tears.
    — Robinson Jeffers
    tags: living  earth  star  night  tears  god 
     
    You making haste on decay: not blameworthy; life is good, be it stubbornly long or suddenly A mortal splendor: meteors are not needed less than mountains: shine, perishing republic.
    — Robinson Jeffers
    If millions are born millions must die.
    — Robinson Jeffers
    tags: die 
     
    Corruption never has been compulsory; when the cities lie at the monster's feet there are left the mountains.
    — Robinson Jeffers
    tags: lies 
     
    Death's a fierce meadowlark: but to die having made / Something more equal to the centuries / Than muscle and bone, is mostly to shed weakness.
    — Robinson Jeffers
    tags: death  weakness  die 
     
    They import and they consume reality.
    — Robinson Jeffers
    tags: reality 
     
    Justice and mercy/ Are human dreams, they do not concern the birds nor the fish nor eternal God.
    — Robinson Jeffers
    tags: justice  human  god  dreams 
     
    The tides are in our veins, we still mirror the stars, life is your child, but there is in me Older and harder than life and more impartial, the eye that watched before there was an ocean.
    — Robinson Jeffers
    tags: children  star  eyes  child  ocean 
     
    We have to live like people in a web of knives, we mustn't reach out our hands or we get them gashed.
    — Robinson Jeffers
    tags: people  live 
     
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    robinson jeffers
    Birth    : January 10, 1887
    Death  : January 20, 1962
    Occupation  : Poet