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A collection of quotations and sayings by Stephen Crane on poetry, bitterness, heart, purpose, universe, naturalism, realism, heaven and war.

51 Great Quotes By Stephen Crane

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Stephen Crane was an American short story writer, poet and novelist who rose to prominence in the 19th century. He is particularly well-known for his works that were based on realism, impressionism and naturalism. Crane had been interested in writing right from his childhood and he had been a published author by the time he was a teenager. He did not have much time for formal education and dropped out of college, deciding instead to become a reporter and a professional writer. Crane’s first novel titled ‘Maggie: A Girl of the Streets’ was published in 1893 and according to literary experts, it was the first instance of naturalism in American literature and before long he became a noted author. Some of his other works include ‘The Red Badge of Courage’, ‘The Monster and Other Stories’, ‘George’s Mother’, ‘The Black Rider and Other Lines’, ‘Wounds in the Rain’, ‘The Open Boat’ and ‘Other Tales of Adventure and Active Service’ among others. His most famous work is ‘The Red Badge of Courage’ and is widely read to this day due to its status as one of the classics of American literature. Crane was a great writer and an equally good orator. Some of his writings and thoughts have become quite famous as his quotes and thoughts and is quoted extensively. We bring to you a collection of Stephen Crane’s quotes and thoughts that have been extracted from his writings, books, poems, stories and novels.

A Man Said to the Universe A man said to the universe: “Sir, I exist!” “However,” replied the universe, “The fact has not created in me A sense of obligation.

- War Is Kind and Other Poems, Stephen Crane

It was not well to drive men into final corners; at those moments they could all develop teeth and claws.

- The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane

Think as I think," said a man, "or you are abominably wicked; you are a toad." And after I thought of it, I said, "I will, then, be a toad.

- Stephen Crane

When the suicide arrived at the sky, the people there asked him: "Why?" He replied: "Because no one admired me.

- Complete Poems of Stephen Crane, Stephen Crane

Tell her this And more,— That the king of the seas Weeps too, old, helpless man. The bustling fates Heap his hands with corpses Until he stands like a child With surplus of toys.

- Complete Poems of Stephen Crane, Stephen Crane

Sometimes, the most profound of awakenings come wrapped in the quietest of moments.

- Stephen Crane

A MAN FEARED A man feared that he might find an assassin; Another that he might find a victim. One was more wise than the other.

- Stephen Crane

Half of tradition is a lie.

- Stephen Crane

But I like it Because it is bitter, And because it is my heart.

- Stephen Crane

Perhaps an individual must consider his own death to be the final phenomenon of nature.

- The Open Boat and Other Stories, Stephen Crane

The man had arrived at that stage of drunkenness where affection is felt for the universe.

- Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, Stephen Crane

When the prophet, a complacent fat man, Arrived at the mountain-top He cried: "Woe to my knowledge! I intended to see good white lands And bad black lands— But the scene is grey.

- Complete Poems of Stephen Crane, Stephen Crane

He vaguely desired to walk around and around the body and stare; the impulse of the living to try to read in dead eyes the answer to the Question.

- The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane

Over the river a golden ray of sun came through the hosts of leaden rain clouds.

- The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane

It perhaps might be said--if any one dared--that the most worthless literature of the world has been that which has been written by the men of one nation concerning the men of another.

- The Portable Stephen Crane, Stephen Crane

He saw that it was an ironical thing for him to be running thus toward that which he had been at such pains to avoid.

- Stephen Crane

But he said, in substance, to himself that if the earth and moon were about to clash, many persons would doubtless plan to get upon the roofs to witness the collision.

- The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane

Mother, whose heart hung humble as a button the bright splendid shroud of your son, Do not weep. War is kind.

- Stephen Crane

A serious prophet upon predicting a flood should be the first man to climb a tree. This would demonstrate that he was indeed a seer.

- The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane

And it was as if fate had betrayed the soldier. In death it exposed to his enemies that poverty which in life he had perhaps concealed from his friends.

- The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane

So it came to pass that as he trudged from the place of blood and wrath his soul changed.

- The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane

The girl, Maggie, blossomed in a mud puddle.

- Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, Stephen Crane

They were going to look at war, the red animal--war, the blood-swollen god.

- The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane

The maddened four men followed frantically, for it is better to be in the presence of the awful than only within hearing. ("The Black Dog")

- The Portable Stephen Crane, Stephen Crane

It appeared that the swift wings of their desires would have shattered against the iron gates of the impossible.

- The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane

Nevertheless, he had, on a certain star-lit evening, said wonderingly and quite reverently: "Deh moon looks like hell, don't it?

- Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, Stephen Crane

A man said to the universe: "Sir I exist!" "However," replied the universe, "The fact has not created in me A sense of obligation.

- War Is Kind and Other Poems, Stephen Crane

The moon had been lighted and was hung in a treetop.

- The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane

She thinks my name is Freddie, you know, but of course it ain't. I always tell these people some name like that, because if they got onto your right name they might use it sometime. Understand?

- Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, Stephen Crane

Every sin is the result of a collaboration

- The Blue Hotel, Stephen Crane

His feet where retarded.

- The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane

A man feared that he might find an assassin; Another that he might find a victim. One was more wise than the other.

- Stephen Crane

LCVI If I should cast off this tattered coat, And go free into the mighty sky; If I should find nothing there But a bast blue, Echoless, ignorant,- What then?

- Stephen Crane

He turned now with a lover's thirst to images of tranquil skies, fresh meadows, cool brooks— an existence of soft and eternal peace.

- The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane

They would jeer him, and, if practicable, pelt him with missiles.

- The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane

Held his heart in his hands, And ate of it. I said: "Is it good, friend?" "It is bitter - bitter," he answered; "But I like it Because it is bitter, And because it is my heart.

- Stephen Crane

I stood upon a high place, And saw, below, many devils Running, leaping, and carousing in sin. One looked up, grinning, And said, "Comrade! Brother!

- Stephen Crane

The slaves toiling in the temple of this god began to feel rebellion at his harsh tasks.

- The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane

But he instantly saw that it would be impossible for him to escape from the regiment. It inclosed him. And there were iron laws of tradition and law on four sides. He was in a moving box

- The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane

Camp fires, like red, peculiar blossoms, dotted the night.

- The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane

IV Yes, I have a thousand tongues, And nine and nighty-nine lie. Though I strive to use the one, It will make no melody at my will, But is dead in my mouth.

- Stephen Crane

None of them knew the color of the sky.

- The Open Boat, Stephen Crane

Through his suffering, he peers into the core of things and sees that the judgment of man is thistle-down in the wind.

- The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane

Many a man ought to have a bath-tub larger than the boat which here rode upon the sea.

- Men, Stephen Crane

One viewed the existence of man then as a marvel, and conceded a glamour of wonder to these lice which were caused to cling to a whirling, fire-smote, ice-locked, disease-stricken, space-lost bulb.

- Stephen Crane

LVI A man feared that he might find an assassin; Another that he might find a victim. One was more wise than the other.

- Stephen Crane

Nothing is so much to be regretted as the universe.

- The Third Violet, Stephen Crane

I like the people. But, considered generally, they are a collection of ingenious blockheads.

- The Third Violet, Stephen Crane

It was surprising that Nature had gone tranquilly on with her golden process in the midst of so much devilment.

- Self-Reliance and Other Essays, Stephen Crane

As the landscape changed from brown to green, the army awakened, and began to tremble with eagerness at the noise of rumors.

- The Red Badge of Courage and Selected Short Fiction, Stephen Crane

Once upon a time there was a beautiful Indian maiden, of course.

- The Third Violet, Stephen Crane