• One form of the death wish is the embracing of mediocrity.
    One form of the death wish is the embracing of mediocrity.
    ~ Theodore Roethke
  • Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.
    Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.
    ~ Theodore Roethke
  • Time marks us while we are marking time.
    Time marks us while we are marking time.
    ~ Theodore Roethke
  • I learn by going where I have to go.
    I learn by going where I have to go.
    ~ Theodore Roethke
  • Truth never is undone; Its shafts remain.
    Truth never is undone; Its shafts remain.
    ~ Theodore Roethke
  • Much of poetry is an anguished waiting.
    Much of poetry is an anguished waiting.
    ~ Theodore Roethke
  • Teaching is an act of love, a spiritual cohabitation, one of the few sacred relationships left in a crass secular world.
    Teaching is an act of love, a spiritual cohabitation, one of the few sacred relationships left in a crass secular world.
    ~ Theodore Roethke
  • Teaching: one of the few professions that permit love.
    Teaching: one of the few professions that permit love.
    ~ Theodore Roethke
  • Definition of a philosopher: A man who has the right to say maybe.
    Definition of a philosopher: A man who has the right to say maybe.
    ~ Theodore Roethke
  • What's madness but nobility of soul at odds with circumstance?
    What's madness but nobility of soul at odds with circumstance?
    ~ Theodore Roethke
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