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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Theodore Roethke on destiny, love, future, life, poetry, growth, art, grief, wisdom, inspiration, aging and silence.

54 Motivational Quotes By Theodore Roethke

Quick Facts

Famous As: Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet

Born On: May 25, 1908

Died On: August 1, 1963

Born In: Saginaw, Michigan

Died At Age: 55

Theodore Huebner Roethke was an American poet, who rose to prominence in the 20th century. He is regarded as one of the most influential poets in the modern era. Roethke studied at the University of Michigan, from where he earned his bachelors and masters degrees. After a stint at Harvard University, he started teaching English in order to earn a living following the Great Depression and he taught at institutions like Lafayette College and Bennington College among others. He taught at the University of Washington as well but it was as a poet that he became famous and his first work was ‘Open House’ that was published in 1941. Some of his other noted works include ‘The Lost Son and Other Poems’, ‘Words for the Wind’, ‘Party at the Zoo’, ‘The Far Field’ and ‘Praise to the End’ among others. ‘The Waking’ is his most renowned work for which he was bestowed with the 1954 ‘Pulitzer Prize for Poetry’. Roethke had also won ‘The National Book Award for Poetry’ twice. Roethke was one of the great thinkers of the time. Here is a collection of thoughts and quotes by Theodore Roethke which have been excerpted from his works, writings and poems. Read on the famous collection of thoughts, sayings and quotes by Theodore Roethke.
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Those who are willing to be vulnerable move among mysteries.

Theodore Roethke

What we need are more people who specialize in the impossible.

Theodore Roethke

Deep in their roots all flowers keep the light.

Theodore Roethke

By daily dying, I have come to be.

Theodore Roethke

May my silences become more accurate.

Theodore Roethke

Art is the means we have of undoing the damage of haste. It's what everything else isn't.

Theodore Roethke

The darkness has it's own light.

Theodore Roethke

How body from spirit slowly does unwind, until we are pure spirit at the end.

Theodore Roethke

Over every mountain, there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.

Theodore Roethke

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow. I feel my fate in what I cannot fear. I learn by going where I have to go.

Theodore Roethke

In a dark time, the eye begins to see.

Theodore Roethke

So much of adolescence is an ill-defined dying, An intolerable waiting, A longing for another place and time, Another condition.

Theodore Roethke

What's madness but nobility of soul at odds with circumstance?

Theodore Roethke

I lose and find myself in the long water. I am gathered together once more.

Theodore Roethke

Pain wanders through my bones like a lost fire

Theodore Roethke

A mind too active is no mind at all.

Theodore Roethke

What falls away is always. And is near.

Theodore Roethke

In this place of light: he dares to live Who stops being a bird, yet beats his wings Against the immense immeasurable emptiness of things.

Theodore Roethke

The visible exhausts me. I am dissolved in shadow.

Theodore Roethke

I do not laugh; I do not cry; I'm sweating out the will to die. My past is sliding down the drain; I soon will be myself again.

Theodore Roethke

I have gone into the waste lonely places

Theodore Roethke

(I measure time by how a body sways.)

Theodore Roethke

I long for the imperishable quiet at the heart of form.

Theodore Roethke

Nothing would give up life: Even the dirt keeps breathing a small breath.

Theodore Roethke

In a dark time, the eye begins to see / I meet my shadow in the deepening shade...Dark, dark my light, and darker my desire.

Theodore Roethke

Be sure that whatever you are is you.

Theodore Roethke

All lovers live by longing, and endure: Summon a vision and declare it pure.

Theodore Roethke

The stones were sharp, The wind came at my back; Walking along the highway, Mincing like a cat.

Theodore Roethke

The fields stretch out in long unbroken rows. We walk aware of what is far and close. Here distance is familiar as a friend. The feud we kept with space comes to an end.

Theodore Roethke

Love is not love until loves vulnerable.

Theodore Roethke

I may look like a beer salesman, but I'm a poet.

Theodore Roethke

(Dreams drain the spirit if we dream too long.)

Theodore Roethke

I trust all joy

Theodore Roethke

Self-contemplation is a curse That makes an old confusion worse.

Theodore Roethke

Dark, dark my light, and darker my desire. My soul, like some heat-maddened summer fly, Keeps buzzing at the sill. Which I is I?

Theodore Roethke

From I Knew a Woman I knew a woman, lovely in her bones, When small birds sighed, she would sigh back at them; Ah, when she moved, she moved more ways than one: The shapes a bright container can contain!

Theodore Roethke

What is madness but nobility of the soul at odds with circumstance.

Theodore Roethke

I fear those shadows most that start from my own feet.

Theodore Roethke

My father is a fish.

Theodore Roethke

When true love broke my heart in half, I took the whiskey from the shelf, And told my neighbors when to laugh. I keep a dog, and bark myself.

Theodore Roethke

Love alters all. Unblood my instinct, love.

Theodore Roethke

I teach my sighs to lengthen into songs, Yet, like a tree, endure the shift of things.

Theodore Roethke

The two duties are to lament or praise.

Theodore Roethke

What grace I have is enough.

Theodore Roethke

Love makes me naked; Propinquity's a harsh master; O the songs we hide singing to ourselves!

Theodore Roethke

Necessity starves on the stoop of invention.

Theodore Roethke

My bones whisper to my blood; my sleep deceives me.

Theodore Roethke

A house for wisdom, a field for revelation. Speak to the stars, and the stars answer. At first the visible obscures: Go where the light is.

Theodore Roethke

Maybe God has a house. But not here.

Theodore Roethke

The Mistake He left his pants upon a chair: She was a widow, so she said: But he was apprehended, bare, By one who rose up from the dead.

Theodore Roethke

She moves as water moves, and comes to me, Stayed by what was, and pulled by what would be.

Theodore Roethke

From The Auction I left my home with unencumbered will And all the rubbish of confusion sold.

Theodore Roethke

From Open House My truths are all foreknown, This anguish self-revealed. I'm naked to the bone, With nakedness my shield. Myself is what I wear: I keep the spirit spare.

Theodore Roethke

Brooding on God, I may become a man.

Theodore Roethke