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A collection of sayings and quotations by Charles Simic on poetry, writing, art, language, criticism, deconstruction, experience and silence.

32 Inspiring Thoughts By Charles Simic

Quick Facts

Famous As: Poet

Born On: May 9, 1938

Born In: Belgrade

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.
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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.

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.

Charles Simic

He who cannot howl will not find his pack.

Charles Simic

If the sky falls they shall have clouds for supper.

Charles Simic

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

Charles Simic

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.

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.

Charles Simic

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.

Charles Simic

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

Charles Simic

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

Charles Simic

Poetry is an orphan of silence.

Charles Simic

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

Charles Simic

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

Charles Simic

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

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.

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.

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.

Charles Simic

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

Charles Simic

A true confession: I believe in a soluble fish.

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.

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.

Charles Simic

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.

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.

Charles Simic

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

Charles Simic

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

Charles Simic