E. E. Cummings Quotes

When it comes to poetry, few names are as recognizable as E. E. Cummings. A master of the form, Cummings’ poems are known for their playful and inventive language, as well as their insightful commentary on the human condition. He left behind a treasure trove of quotes that are as witty as they are wise.┬áHere are some of the best quotes from E. E. Cummings that will inspire you to think outside the box.

  • It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.

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  • If a poet is anybody, he is somebody to whom things made matter very little – somebody who is obsessed by Making.

    E. E. Cummings
  • I’d rather learn from one bird how to sing than teach 10,000 stars how not to dance.

    E. E. Cummings
  • At least the Pilgrim Fathers used to shoot Indians: the Pilgrim Children merely punch time clocks.

    E. E. Cummings
  • Humanity I love you because when you’re hard up you pawn your intelligence to buy a drink.

    E. E. Cummings
  • Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question.

    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
  • Unbeing dead isn’t being alive.

    E. E. Cummings
  • The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

    E. E. Cummings
  • A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long.

    E. E. Cummings
  • I imagine that yes is the only living thing.

    E. E. Cummings
  • To like an individual because he’s black is just as insulting as to dislike him because he isn’t white.

    E. E. Cummings
  • To destroy is always the first step in any creation.

    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
  • Nothing recedes like progress.

    E. E. Cummings
  • Be of love a little more careful than of anything.

    E. E. Cummings
  • It takes three to make a child.

    E. E. Cummings
  • The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.

    E. E. Cummings
  • Kisses are a better fate than wisdom.

    E. E. Cummings
  • A politician is an arse upon which everyone has sat except a man.

    E. E. Cummings
  • Unless you love someone, nothing else makes any sense.

    E. E. Cummings
  • America makes prodigious mistakes, America has colossal faults, but one thing cannot be denied: America is always on the move. She may be going to Hell, of course, but at least she isn’t standing still.

    E. E. Cummings
  • Listen; there’s a hell of a good universe next door: let’s go.

    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
  • To be 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
  • Private property began the instant somebody had a mind of his own.

    E. E. Cummings
  • Knowledge is a polite word for dead but not buried imagination.

    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

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