Billy Collins Quotes

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While the novelist is banging on his typewriter, the poet is watching a fly in the windowpane.

The trouble with poetry is that it encourages the writing of more poetry.

Billy Collins (born 1941) is an American poet who served as America’s Poet Laureate from 2001 to 2003.  He has published several collections of his poetry.

Dorothea Brande Quote

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Man’s mind is not a container to be filled but rather a fire to be kindled.

From Colossians 3:23-24:  “Whatever task you must do, work as if your soul depends on it, as for the Lord and not for humans, since you know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you serve the Lord Christ.”

Dorothea Brande (1893-1948) was an American writer and editor.  From the 1920s and 1930s, her most sustaining works deal with beginning any writing enterprise. 

Empty Inspiration

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Waiting for inspiration

Seeking life’s fresh, new start

Searching nighttime’s galaxy

Empty stars fall apart


Hiding from inspiration

Fearing each day’s setback

Sleeping until afternoon

Day’s journey stays off track


Breathing with inspiration

Shirking destiny’s call

Walking away once again

Ambition slows to crawl


Dreaming of inspiration

Waking to sunrise fog

Giving up another day

Hollow thoughts fill backlog


Starting with new attitude

Taking desired station

Leaving forever, life of . . .

Empty inspiration


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