Motivational Quotes from Charles Olson

I am happy to have some friends here in the kitchen.

Charles Olson

Forgive me if I sleep until I wake up.

Charles Olson

I’m sorry, but I was born with a towel on my head.

Charles Olson

This morning of the small snow I count the blessings, the leak in the faucet which makes of the sink time, the drop of the water on water.

Charles Olson

This country has been unconscious, and it’s got to awake. That’s my belief.

Charles Olson

We all want what’s been suddenly disallowed.

Charles Olson

You don’t help people in your poems. I’ve been trying to help people all my life – that’s my trouble.

Charles Olson

You can read everybody. It’s not even interesting to tell the truth because to some extent it’s false.

Charles Olson

You can do anything, literally, right? That’s one of the exciting possibilities of the present.

Charles Olson

When will government cease being a nuisance to everybody?

Charles Olson

We’re all moving, moving, moving. Isn’t it nice?

Charles Olson

There is a grace of life which is still yours, my dear Europe.

Charles Olson

The poem, for me, is simply the first sound realized in the modality of being.

Charles Olson

The heroes of the present will retreat to the imitation they are anyhow.

Charles Olson

I’m trying to climb up both walls at once.

Charles Olson

I’m one of the cliches that has grown up.

Charles Olson

I was playing catch with the European audience.

Charles Olson

I sound like Homer. I mean Winslow Homer.

Charles Olson

I remember way back when I was young, 10 years ago.

Charles Olson

I hope you’re representing the devil’s advocate.

Charles Olson

I don’t live for poetry. I live far more than anybody else does.

Charles Olson

I defer to all these other American poets who, for some reason, I both envy and admire.

Charles Olson

Fact is based upon vulgar matter.

Charles Olson

Atlantis will rise again.

Charles Olson