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STEPHEN VINCENT BENÉT QUOTES

American author (1898-1943)

Dreaming men are haunted men.

STEPHEN VINCENT BENÉT, John Brown's Body

Youth is the pollen
That blows through the sky
And does not ask why.

STEPHEN VINCENT BENÉT, John Brown's Body

I'm waiting.... For something new and strange,
Something I've dreamt about in some deep sleep,
Truer than any waking.

STEPHEN VINCENT BENET, A Child is Born

Life was a storm to wander through.

STEPHEN VINCENT BENET, "The Quality of Courage"

Even in hell, if a man was a man, you'd know it.

STEPHEN VINCENT BENET, "The Devil and Daniel Webster"

I tried to think of my knowledge, but it was a squirrel's heap of winter nuts. There was no strength in my knowledge any more and I felt small and naked as a new-hatched bird.

STEPHEN VINCENT BENET, "By the Waters of Babylon"

We thought we were done with these things but we were wrong.
We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom.
We thought the long train would run to the end of Time.
We thought the light would increase.
Now the long train stands derailed and the bandits loot it.
Now the boar and the asp have power in our time.
Now the night rolls back on the West and the night is solid.
Our fathers and ourselves sowed dragon's teeth.
Our children know and suffer the armed men.

STEPHEN VINCENT BENET, "Litany for Dictatorships"

Life is not lost by dying! Life is lost
Minute by minute, day by dragging day,
In all the thousand, small, uncaring ways,
The smooth appeasing compromises of time.

STEPHEN VINCENT BENET, A Child is Born

If two New Hampshiremen aren't a match for the devil, we might as well give the country back to the Indians.

STEPHEN VINCENT BENET, "The Devil and Daniel Webster"

It is not given me to trace
The lovely laughter of that face,
Like a clear brook most full of light,
Or olives swaying on a height,
So silver they have wings, almost;
Like a great word once known and lost
And meaning all things.

STEPHEN VINCENT BENET, "The Quality of Courage"

Of all the Christbitten places in the two hemispheres, [Los Angeles] is the last curly kink in the pig's tail.

STEPHEN VINCENT BENET, attributed, Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion

It won't be till each one of us is willing,
Not you, not me, but every one of us,
To hang upon a cross for every man
Who suffers, starves and dies,
Fight his sore battles as they were our own,
And help him from the darkness and the mire,
That there will be no crosses and no tyrants,
No Herods and no slaves.

STEPHEN VINCENT BENET, A Child is Born

It is better the truth should come little by little. I have learned that, being a priest. Perhaps, in the old days, they ate knowledge too fast.

STEPHEN VINCENT BENET, "By the Waters of Babylon"

God pity us indeed, for we are human,
And do not always see
The vision when it comes, the shining change,
Or, if we see it, do not follow it,
Because it is too hard, too strange, too new,
Too unbelievable, too difficult,
Warring too much with common, easy ways.

STEPHEN VINCENT BENET, A Child is Born

A soul. A soul is nothing. Can you see it, smell it, touch it? No.

STEPHEN VINCENT BENET, "The Devil and Daniel Webster"

Our earth is but a small star in a great universe. Yet of it we can make, if we choose, a pane unvexed by war, untroubled by hunger or fear, undivided by senseless distinctions of race, color, or theory.

STEPHEN VINCENT BENET, attributed, Simon & Schuster Handbook for Writers

Stephen Vincent Benet Poems - a collection of his poetry.

Stephen Vincent Benet Bibliography - a bibliography, including list of critical resources.


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