Self-knowledge

Poems



I'm Nobody (1)

I’m Nobody! Who are you?/ Are you – Nobody – too?/ Then there’s a pair of us!/ Don’t tell! they’d advertise – you know!/ / How dreary – to be – Somebody!/ How public – like a Frog – / To tell one’s ...
The Complete Poems

I Am Silver and Exact (2)

I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions./ Whatever I see I swallow immediately/ Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike./ I am not cruel, only truthful-/ The eye of the little god, four co...
The Collected Poems

I Am Vertical (3)

I Am Vertical/ / But I would rather be horizontal./ I am not a tree with my root in the soil/ Sucking up minerals and motherly love/ So that each March I may gleam into leaf,/ Nor am I the beauty of ...
The Collected Poems

We Are Our Dreams of Ourselves (4)

Whether we write or speak or do but look/ We are ever unapparent. What we are/ Cannot be transfused into word or book./ Our soul from us is infinitely far./ However much we give our thoughts the will...


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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
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On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."
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