Quotes by John Ciardi

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John Anthony Ciardi (June 24, 1916 - March 30, 1986) was an American poet, translator, and etymologist.

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Every parent is at some time the father of the unreturned prodigal, with nothing to do but keep his house open to hope.

Love is the word used to label the sexual excitement of the young, the habituation of the middle-aged, and the mutual dependence of the old.
The Constitution gives every American the inalienable right to make a damn fool of himself.
There is nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.
You do not have to suffer to be a poet. Adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.
A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students.
A neighborhood is a residential area that is changing for the worse.
Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves they have a better idea.

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