"Is it not careless to become too local when there are four hundred billion stars in our galaxy alone."
"It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely."A. R. Ammons on Albert Einstein
"Alone we can do so little together we can do so much."A. R. Ammons on Helen Keller
"It's often just enough to be with someone. I don't need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You're not alone."A. R. Ammons on Marilyn Monroe
"Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation for it is better to be alone than in bad company."A. R. Ammons on George Washington
"I restore myself when I'm alone."A. R. Ammons on Marilyn Monroe
"Everything is discursive opinion instead of direct experience."
"Even if you walk exactly the same route each time - as with a sonnet - the events along the route cannot be imagined to be the same from day to day, as the poet's health, sight, his anticipations, moods, fears, thoughts cannot be the same."
"If we ask a vague question, such as, 'What is poetry?' we expect a vague answer, such as, 'Poetry is the music of words,' or 'Poetry is the linguistic correction of disorder.'"
"Probably all the attention to poetry results in some value, though the attention is more often directed to lesser than to greater values."
"I am grateful for - though I can't keep up with - the flood of articles, theses, and textbooks that mean to share insight concerning the nature of poetry."