Seamus Heaney was born 13 April 1939, and died 30 August 2013.
Seamus Heaney Quotes
- I can’t think of a case where poems changed the world, but what they do is they change people’s understanding of what’s going on in the world.
- Debate doesn’t really change things. It gets you bogged in deeper. If you can address or reopen the subject with something new, something from a different angle, then there is some hope…. That’s something poetry can do for you, it can entrance you for a moment above the pool of your own consciousness and your own possibilities.
- If you have the words, there’s always a chance that you’ll find the way.
- Poetry cannot afford to lose its fundamentally self-delighting inventiveness, its joy in being a process of language as well as a representation of things in the world.
- I’ve always associated the moment of writing with a moment of lift, of joy, of unexpected reward.
- Getting started, keeping going, getting started again — in art and in life, it seems to me this is the essential rhythm not only of achievement but of survival, the ground of convinced action, the basis of self-esteem and the guarantee of credibility in your lives, credibility to yourselves as well as to others.
- Remember that the anchor of your being lies in human affection and human responsibility, but remember also to keep swimming up into the air of envisaged possibilities.
- Anyone with gumption and a sharp mind will take the measure of two things: what’s said and what’s done.
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