Seamus Heaney Quotes

Found 31 quotes by Seamus Heaney .
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"Don't be surprised if I demur, for, be advised my passport's green. No glass of ours was ever raised to toast The Queen." Seamus Heaney
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"The external reality and inner dynamic of happenings in Northern Ireland between 1968 and 1974 were symptomatic of change, violent change admittedly, but change nevertheless, and for the minority living there, change had been long overdue." Seamus Heaney
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"It was like a moment of exposure to interstellar cold, a reminder of the scary element, both inner and outer, in which human beings must envisage and conduct their lives." Seamus Heaney
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"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." Seamus Heaney
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"But the thing uttered by the speaker I strain towards is still not quite the story of what is going on; it is more reflexive than that, because as a poet I am in fact straining towards a strain, seeking repose in the stability conferred by a musically satisfying order of sounds." Seamus Heaney
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"It is difficult at times to repress the thought that history is about as instructive as an abattoir; that Tacitus was right and that peace is merely the desolation left behind after the decisive operations of merciless power." Seamus Heaney
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"No place in the world prides itself more on its vigilance and realism, no place considers itself more qualified to censure any flourish of rhetoric or extravagance of aspiration." Seamus Heaney
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"As writers and readers, as sinners and citizens, our realism and our aesthetic sense make us wary of crediting the positive note." Seamus Heaney
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"The next move is always the test." Seamus Heaney
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"Even if the hopes you started out with are dashed, hope has to be maintained." Seamus Heaney
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Hope    Irish Poet   

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"I may have grown more attentive to the news and more alive to the world history and world-sorrow behind it." Seamus Heaney
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History   

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"But that citizen's perception was also at one with the truth in recognizing that the very brutality of the means by which the IRA were pursuing change was destructive of the trust upon which new possibilities would have to be based." Seamus Heaney
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Irish Poet    Perception   

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"The Ireland I now inhabit is one that these Irish contemporaries have helped to imagine." Seamus Heaney
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Irish    Irish Poet   

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"But even so, none of the news of these world-spasms entered me as terror." Seamus Heaney
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News   

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"To begin with, I wanted that truth to life to possess a concrete reliability, and rejoiced most when the poem seemed most direct, an upfront representation of the world it stood in for or stood up for or stood its ground against." Seamus Heaney
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Life   

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"A public expectation, it has to be said, not of poetry as such but of political positions variously approvable by mutually disapproving groups." Seamus Heaney
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Expectation    Irish Poet   

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"In fact, in lyric poetry, truthfulness becomes recognizable as a ring of truth within the medium itself." Seamus Heaney
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Irish Poet    Poetry   

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"Whether it be a matter of personal relations within a marriage or political initiatives within a peace process, there is no sure-fire do-it-yourself kit." Seamus Heaney
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Irish Poet    Marriage   

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"Yet there are times when a deeper need enters, when we want the poem to be not only pleasurably right but compellingly wise, not only a surprising variation played upon the world, but a re-tuning of the world itself." Seamus Heaney
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"When I first encountered the name of the city of Stockholm, I little thought that I would ever visit it, never mind end up being welcomed to it as a guest of the Swedish Academy and the Nobel Foundation." Seamus Heaney
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"This temperamental disposition towards an art that was earnest and devoted to things as they are was corroborated by the experience of having been born and brought up in Northern Ireland and of having lived with that place even though I have lived out of it for the past quarter of a century." Seamus Heaney
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