E.E. Cummings Quotes

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
― E.E. Cummings

 

 

“I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart)I am never without it (anywhere
I go you go,my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing,my darling)
I fear no fate (for you are my fate,my sweet)I want no world (for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)”
― E.E. Cummings

 

 

“To be nobody but
yourself in a world
which is doing its best day and night to make you like
everybody else means to fight the hardest battle
which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.”
― e.e. cummings

 

 

“Unbeing dead isn’t being alive.”
― E. E. Cummings

 

 

“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
It’s always our self we find in the sea.”
― e.e. cummings, 100 Selected Poems

 

 

“Trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward.”
― E.E. Cummings

 

 

“We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”
― E.E. Cummings

 

 

 

“Whenever you think or you believe or you know, you’re a lot of other people: but the moment you feel, you’re nobody-but-yourself.”
― e.e. cummings

 

 

“I will take the sun in my mouth
and leap into the ripe air
Alive
with closed eyes
to dash against darkness”
― E.E. Cummings, Poems, 1923-1954

 

 

“Yours is the light by which my spirit’s born: – you are my sun, my moon, and all my stars.”
― e. e. cummings

 

 

“i like my body when it is with your
body. It is so quite new a thing.
Muscles better and nerves more.
i like your body. i like what it does,
i like its hows. i like to feel the spine
of your body and its bones, and the trembling
-firm-smooth ness and which i will
again and again and again
kiss, i like kissing this and that of you,
i like, slowly stroking the, shocking fuzz
of your electric fur, and what-is-it comes
over parting flesh … And eyes big love-crumbs,

and possibly i like the thrill

of under me you so quite new.”
― e.e. cummings

 

 

“Lovers alone wear sunlight.”
― E.E. Cummings

 

 

“listen: there’s a hell
of a good universe next door; let’s go”
― E.E. Cummings

 

 

“and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you”
― E.E. Cummings

 

 

“Unless you love someone, nothing else makes sense.”
― E.E Cummings

 

 

“I’d rather learn from one bird how to sing
than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance”
― E.E. Cummings

 

 

“I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.”
― e.e. cummings

 

 

“The snow doesn’t give a soft white damn whom it touches.”
― E.E. Cummings

 

 

“since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you;

wholly to be a fool
while Spring is in the world

my blood approves,
and kisses are a far better fate
than wisdom
lady i swear by all flowers. Don’t cry
–the best gesture of my brain is less than
your eyelids’ flutter which says

we are for eachother: then
laugh, leaning back in my arms
for life’s not a paragraph

And death i think is no parenthesis”
― E.E. Cummings

 

 

“The three saddest things are the ill wanting to be well, the poor wanting to be rich, and the constant traveler saying ‘anywhere but here’.”
― E.E. Cummings

 

 

“somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond
any experience, your eyes have their silence:
in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,
or which i cannot touch because they are too near

your slightest look easily will unclose me
though i have closed myself as fingers,
you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
(touching skilfully, mysteriously) her first rose

or if your wish be to close me, i and
my life will shut very beautifully, suddenly,
as when the heart of this flower imagines
the snow carefully everywhere descending;

nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals
the power of your intense fragility: whose texture
compels me with the colour of its countries,
rendering death and forever with each breathing

(i do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens; only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands”
― E.E. Cummings

 

 

“Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite in fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun, more last than star…”
― e.e cummings

 

 

“may came home with a smooth round stone
as small as a world and as large as alone.”
― E.E. Cummings

 

 

“life’s not a paragraph
And death i think is no parenthesis”
― E.E. Cummings

 

 

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit”
― E.E. Cummings

 

 

“The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.”
― e. e. cummings

 

 

“i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart)”
― E.E. Cummings

 

 

 

“One’s not half of two; two are halves of one.”
― E.E. Cummings

 

 

“I like my body when it is with your body. It is so quite new a thing. Muscles better and nerves more.”
― e.e. Cummings

 

 

“may my heart always be open to little
birds who are the secrets of living
whatever they sing is better than to know
and if men should not hear them men are old

may my mind stroll about hungry
and fearless and thirsty and supple
and even if it’s sunday may i be wrong
for whenever men are right they are not young

and may myself do nothing usefully
and love yourself so more than truly
there’s never been quite such a fool who could fail
pulling all the sky over him with one smile”
― E.E. Cummings

 

 

“She may be going to Hell, of course, but at least she isn’t standing still”
― ee cummings

 

 

“most people are perfectly afraid of silence”
― e.e cummings

 

 

“twice I have lived forever in a smile”
― E.E. Cummings

 

 

“nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals
the power of your intense fragility:whose texture
compels me with the colour of its countries,
rendering death and forever with each breathing

(i do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens;only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody,not even the rain, has such small hands

-excerpt of #35 from “100 Selected Poems”
― e.e. cummings

 

 

 

“Anybody can learn to think, or believe, or know, but not a single human being can be taught to feel… the moment you feel, you’re nobody ― but-yourself ― in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else ― means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.”
― e.e. cummings

 

 

“And now you are and I am and we’re a mystery which will never happen again.”
― E.E. Cummings

 

 

“a wind has blown the rain away & the sky away & all the leaves away, & the trees stand. i think i, too, have known autumn too long.”
― e.e. cummings

 

 

“Kisses are a better fate than wisdom.”
― E.E. Cummings

 

“time is a tree (this life one leaf)
but love is the sky and i am for you
just so long and long enough”
― E. E. Cummings

 

 

 

“I love you much
most beautiful darling
more than anyone on the earth
and I like you better
than everything in the sky.”
― E.E. Cummings

 

 

“i do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens;only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses”
― e.e. cummings

 

 

 

“since the thing perhaps is
to eat flowers and not to be afraid”
― E.E. Cummings

 

“You have played,
(I think)
And broke the toys you were fondest of,
And are a little tired now;
Tired of things that break, and—
Just tired.
So am I.”
― E.E. Cummings

 

 

“Only by you my heart always moves.”
― e.e. cummings

 

 

 

“…remember one thing only: that it’s you-nobody else-who determines your destiny and decides your fate. Nobody else can be alive for you; nor can you be alive for anybody else.”
― E.E. Cummings

 

 

“Humanity I love you because when you’re hard up you pawn your intelligence to buy a drink.”
― e.e. cummings

 

“Your head is a living forest full of songbirds.”
― E.E. Cummings

 

 

“We can never be born enough.”
― E. E. Cummings

 

“may I be I is the only prayer–not may I be great or good or beautiful or wise or strong.”
― e.e. cummings

 

 

“Knowledge is a polite word for dead but not buried imagination.”
― e.e cummings

 

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