The problem with an inferiority complex is that those affected by it look down on their own knowledge. This strongly impedes their ability to take in new knowledge because they cannot integrate it with what they already know.
The meaning of life is thus a bit like playing with a live hand grenade. Once you pass it on to somebody else, you are safe. – Yuval Noah Harari
Don’t ask what Putin can do for you, ask what you can do for Putin – D. Trump
An earlier version of this obituary misstated the name of Mr. Hoagland’s first poetry collection. It is “Sweet Ruin,” not “Sweet Rain.”
“You are colonizing a place in my mind that i didn’t know existed before, so, can i call it home?”
Te only thing more important than health, is a sense of purpose.
I seek the company of others not to celebrate my narcissism, but to suppress it.
“The secret courtesy that courses like ichor
Through the old form of the rude, full-scale joke,
Impossible to tell in writing.” – Robert Pinsky, Impossible to Tell
My words that are idiot contracts written to the music of escape.
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. – F. Scott Fitzgerald
I want my words to live in a redeeming, magnificent song
to worship the hole in freedom
, in which we are not immortal
but our identities dissolve in-
to one another and we are only
a little bit afraid to call it love
Madness is tragedy deprived of time
Call me if you are a publisher and I will see if I can mention you in my next poem
Not what you do professionally
but what can entertain you defines who you are.
Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.
But how can art keep us alive when it cannot kill us?
Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself. – Salman Rushdie
“Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: All of them make me laugh.” — W.H. Auden
Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before. – Audre Lorde
“a good poem corrals the mind of the reader, but leaves the gate open” – found on the Internet
What power is only poetry can say.
“I have made a tribe of my affections, and my tribe is scattered” – Stanley Kunitz
“Attention is the natural prayer of the soul.” – Malebranche