John Berryman Quotes


Bats have no bankers and they do not drink and cannot be arrested and pay no tax and in general bats have it made.

Life friends is boring. We must not say so. After all the sky flashes the great sea yearns we ourselves flash and yearn

We have reason to be afraid. This is a terrible place.

I conclude now I have no inner resources because I am heavy bored. Peoples bore me literature bores me especially great literature

Literature bores me especially great literature

Life friends is boring. We must not say so.

Them lady poets must not marry pal It is a true error to marry with poets / or to be by them.

Them lady poets must not marry pal.

Ever to confess you're bored means you have no Inner Resources.

Wishin' was dyin' but I gotta make it all this way to that bed on these feet.

This world is gradually becoming a place Where I do not care to be any more.

Praise will lead you to vanity and blame will lead you to self-pity and both are bad for writers.

Offering Dragons quarter is no good they regrow all their parts and come on again. They have to be killed.

Two daiquiris withdrew into a corner of a gorgeous room and one told the other a lie.

I think that what happens in my poetic work in the future will depend on my being knocked in the face and thrown flat and given cancer and all kinds of other things short of senile dementia.

That is our "?pointed task. Love & die.

We must travel in the direction of our fear.

I cry. Evil dissolves and love like foam; that love. Prattle of children powers me home my heart claps like the swan's under a frenzy of who love me and who shine.

I am so wise I had my mouth sewn shut.

something has been said for sobriety but very little.

I can offer you only: this world like a knife

One must be ruthless with one's own writing or someone else will be.

The artist is extremely lucky who is presented with the worst possible ordeal which will not actually kill him. At that point he's in business.

We are using our own skins for wallpaper and we cannot win.

These Songs are not meant to be understood you understand. They are only meant to terrify & comfort.

I didn't want to be like Yeats; I wanted to be Yeats.