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32 Inspiring Thoughts By Charles Simic

Famous As: Poet
Born On: May 9, 1938
Born In: Belgrade, Serbia
Age: 84 Years
Charles Simic is a Serbian-American professor and poet, regarded as one of the leading poets of the 20th century. Simic grew up in the city of Belgrade, which at the time was in Yugoslavia and being a part of the displaced population had a profound effect on him as a child. In 1954, Simic moved to the United States when he was 16 and later he attained his bachelor’s degree from New York University. His rise to prominence as a poet begun at some point in the 1970s and the readers were particularly captivated with his minimalistic brand of poetry. His first poetry collection ‘What the Grass Says’ was published in 1967 and he has grown in stature ever since. Some of his better known poetry collections include ‘Selected Poems 1963-1983’, ‘The World Doesn’t End’, ‘Biography and a Lament’, ‘Classic Ballroom Dances’, ‘Dismissing the Silence’, ‘Weather Forecast for Utopia and Vicinity’, ‘Nine Poems’ and ‘Unending Blues’ among others. He won the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry ‘The World Doesn’t End’ and has also been awarded the Wallace Stevens Award in 2007. His writings, essays, sayings and quotes are a work of art. We have put together a collection of some of Charles Simic’s notable quotes. Many of these quotes and sayings have been excerpted from his writings, poems and thoughts.
Insomnia is an all-night travel agency with posters advertising faraway places.

Insomnia is an all-night travel agency with posters advertising faraway places.

Charles Simic
Inside my empty bottle I was constructing a lighthouse while all others were making ships.

Inside my empty bottle I was constructing a lighthouse while all others were making ships.

Charles Simic
If I believe in anything, it is in the dark night of the soul. Awe is my religion, and mystery is its church.

If I believe in anything, it is in the dark night of the soul. Awe is my religion, and mystery is its church.

Charles Simic
He who cannot howl will not find his pack.

He who cannot howl will not find his pack.

Charles Simic
If the sky falls they shall have clouds for supper.

If the sky falls they shall have clouds for supper.

Charles Simic
Silence is the only language god speaks.

Silence is the only language god speaks.

Charles Simic
I left parts of myself everywhere,
The way absent-minded people leave
Gloves and umbrellas
Whose colors are sad from dispensing so much bad luck

I left parts of myself everywhere, The way absent-minded people leave Gloves and umbrellas Whose colors are sad from dispensing so much bad luck

Charles Simic
One writes because one has been touched by the yearning for and the despair of ever touching the Other.

One writes because one has been touched by the yearning for and the despair of ever touching the Other.

Charles Simic
For Emily Dickinson every philosophical idea was a potential lover. Metaphysics is the realm of eternal seduction of the spirit by ideas.

For Emily Dickinson every philosophical idea was a potential lover. Metaphysics is the realm of eternal seduction of the spirit by ideas.

Charles Simic
The stars know everything,
So we try to read their minds.
As distant as they are,
We choose to whisper in their presence.

The stars know everything, So we try to read their minds. As distant as they are, We choose to whisper in their presence.

Charles Simic
Poetry: three mismatched shoes at the entrance of a dark alley.

Poetry: three mismatched shoes at the entrance of a dark alley.

Charles Simic
When people ask me how to find happiness in life I tell them, First learn how to cook.

When people ask me how to find happiness in life I tell them, First learn how to cook.

Charles Simic
Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket

Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket

Charles Simic
While you sit
Like a rain puddle in hell
Knitting the socks 
Of your life.

While you sit Like a rain puddle in hell Knitting the socks Of your life.

Charles Simic
When you play chess alone it's always your move.

When you play chess alone it's always your move.

Charles Simic
Charles Simic, when asked what he thought of Slam Poetry events:

Charles Simic, when asked what he thought of Slam Poetry events: "They are fun, but they have as much to do with poetry as Elvis Presley had to do with Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk".

Charles Simic
Poetry is an orphan of silence.

Poetry is an orphan of silence.

Charles Simic
Only poetry can measure the distance between ourselves and the Other.

Only poetry can measure the distance between ourselves and the Other.

Charles Simic
A poem is an invitation to a voyage. As in life, we travel to see fresh sights.

A poem is an invitation to a voyage. As in life, we travel to see fresh sights.

Charles Simic
Making art in America is about saving one's soul.

Making art in America is about saving one's soul.

Charles Simic
Lyric poets are always corrupting the young, making them choke in self-pity and indulge in reverie. Dirty sex and direspect for authority is what they have been whispering into their ears for ages.

Lyric poets are always corrupting the young, making them choke in self-pity and indulge in reverie. Dirty sex and direspect for authority is what they have been whispering into their ears for ages.

Charles Simic
In their effort to divorce language and experience, deconstructionist critics remind me of middle-class parents who do not allow their children to play in the street.

In their effort to divorce language and experience, deconstructionist critics remind me of middle-class parents who do not allow their children to play in the street.

Charles Simic
To submit to chance is to reveal the self and its obsessions.

To submit to chance is to reveal the self and its obsessions.

Charles Simic
A true confession: I believe in a soluble fish.

A true confession: I believe in a soluble fish.

Charles Simic
Sleeplessness is like metaphysics. Be there.
 -Charles Simic

Sleeplessness is like metaphysics. Be there. -Charles Simic

Charles Simic
The ambition of much of today's literary theory seems to be to find ways to read literature without imagination.

The ambition of much of today's literary theory seems to be to find ways to read literature without imagination.

Charles Simic
Because the light is always with us
and the hush of an early morning

time propitious to plain speech

space between the premonition 
and the event

the small lovely realm 
of the possible.

Because the light is always with us and the hush of an early morning time propitious to plain speech space between the premonition and the event the small lovely realm of the possible.

Charles Simic
The idea is to spin the wheel of metaphors and images until sparks of associations begin to fly for the reader.

The idea is to spin the wheel of metaphors and images until sparks of associations begin to fly for the reader.

Charles Simic
It was only the sea sounding weary
After so many lifetimes
Of pretending to be rushing off somewhere
And never getting anywhere.

It was only the sea sounding weary After so many lifetimes Of pretending to be rushing off somewhere And never getting anywhere.

Charles Simic
Inside is where we meet everyone else; it's on the outside that we are truly alone.

Inside is where we meet everyone else; it's on the outside that we are truly alone.

Charles Simic
Never since the beginning of the world has there been so little light. Our winter afternoons have been known at times to last a hundred years.

Never since the beginning of the world has there been so little light. Our winter afternoons have been known at times to last a hundred years.

Charles Simic
The poem I want to write is impossible. A stone that floats.

The poem I want to write is impossible. A stone that floats.

Charles Simic