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Top 33 Stephen Crane Quotes About Life (POETRY)

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“When it occurs to a man that nature does not regard him as important, and that she feels she would not maim the universe by disposing of him, he at first wishes to throw bricks at the temple, and he hates deeply the fact that there are no bricks and no temples.”

Stephen Crane
Sometimes, the most profound of awakenings come wrapped in the quietest of moments.Pin
Sometimes, the most profound of awakenings come wrapped in the quietest of moments.
A man said to the universe 'Sir, I exist!' 'However,' replied the universe. 'The fact has not created in me a sense of obligation.'Pin
A man said to the universe: ‘Sir, I exist!’ ‘However,’ replied the universe. ‘The fact has not created in me a sense of obligation.’
There is nothing like a dream to create the future.Pin
There is nothing like a dream to create the future.
When a man suspects his own motives, he is on the brink of madness.Pin
When a man suspects his own motives, he is on the brink of madness.
Truth is a thing immortal and perpetual, and it gives to us a beauty that fades not away in time.Pin
Truth is a thing immortal and perpetual, and it gives to us a beauty that fades not away in time.
Every sin is the result of collaboration.Pin
Every sin is the result of collaboration.
There are two things in the world - ideas and things. The rest is the commentary.Pin
There are two things in the world – ideas and things. The rest is the commentary.

“In the desert I saw a creature, naked, bestial, who, squatting upon the ground, held his heart in his hands, and ate of it. I said, ‘Is it good, friend?’ ‘It is bitter — bitter,’ he answered, ‘But I like it because it is bitter, and because it is my heart.”

Stephen Crane
Truth is a breath, a wind, a shadow, a phantom; Long have I pursued it, but never have I touched the hem of its garment.Pin
Truth is a breath, a wind, a shadow, a phantom; Long have I pursued it, but never have I touched the hem of its garment.
Perhaps an individual must consider his own death to be the final phenomenon of nature.Pin
Perhaps an individual must consider his own death to be the final phenomenon of nature.

“These stupid peasants, who, throughout the world, hold potentates on their thrones, make statesmen illustrious, provide generals with lasting victories, all with ignorance, indifference, or half-witted hatred, moving the world with the strength of their arms, and getting their heads knocked together in the name of God, the king, or the stock exchange-immortal, dreaming, hopeless asses, who surrender their reason to the care of a shining puppet, and persuade some toy to carry their lives in his purse.”

Stephen Crane
Think as I think, said a man, or you are abominably wicked; you are a toad. And after I thought of it, I said, I will, then, be a toad.Pin
“Think as I think,” said a man, “or you are abominably wicked; you are a toad.” And after I thought of it, I said, “I will, then, be a toad.”
Half of tradition is a lie.Pin
Half of tradition is a lie.

19 Stephen Crane Quotes that Will Make You Think

Philosophy should always know that indifference is a militant thing. It batters down the walls of cities and murders the women and children amid the flames and the purloining of altar vessels. When it goes away it leaves smoking ruins, where lie citizens bayonetted through the throat. It is not a children’s pastime like mere highway robbery.”

Stephen Crane
Mother, whose heart hung humble as a button the bright splendid shroud of your son, do not weep. War is kind.Pin
Mother, whose heart hung humble as a button the bright splendid shroud of your son, do not weep. War is kind.

“I walked in a desert.
And I cried,
‘Ah, God, take me from this place!’
A voice said, ‘It is no desert.’
I cried, ‘Well, But –
The sand, the heat, the vacant horizon.’
A voice said, ‘It is no desert.’”

Stephen Crane
It was surprising that nature had gone tranquilly on with her golden process in the midst of so much devilment.Pin
It was surprising that nature had gone tranquilly on with her golden process in the midst of so much devilment.

“There is nothing-
No life,
No joy,
No pain-
There is nothing save opinion,
And opinion be damned.”

Stephen Crane
He saw that it was an ironical thing for him to be running thus toward that which he had been at such pains to avoid.Pin
He saw that it was an ironical thing for him to be running thus toward that which he had been at such pains to avoid.

“The voice of God whispers in the heart
So softly
That the soul pauses,
Making no noise,
And strives for these melodies,
Distant, sighing, like faintest breath,
And all the being is still to hear.”

Stephen Crane
Let me into the darkness again.Pin
Let me into the darkness again.

“If I am going to be drowned—if I am going to be drowned—if I am going to be drowned, why, in the name of the seven mad gods who rule the sea, was I allowed to come thus far and contemplate sand and trees?”

Stephen Crane
Everything is bicycle.Pin
Everything is bicycle.

“Two or three angels
Came near to the earth.
They saw a fat church.
Little black streams of people
Came and went in continually.
And the angels were puzzled
To know why the people went thus,
And why they stayed so long within.”

Stephen Crane
Doubtless there are other roads.Pin
Doubtless there are other roads.

“A learned man came to me once.
He said, “I know the way, — come.”
And I was overjoyed at this.
Together we hastened.
Soon, too soon, were we
Where my eyes were useless,
And I knew not the ways of my feet.
I clung to the hand of my friend;
But at last he cried, “I am lost.”

Stephen Crane

“When the prophet, a complacent fat man,
Arrived at the mountain-top
He cried: “Woe to my knowledge!
I intended to see good white lands
And bad black lands—
But the scene is grey.”

Stephen Crane
The man had arrived at that stage of drunkenness where affection is felt for the universe.Pin
The man had arrived at that stage of drunkenness where affection is felt for the universe.

“A man feared that he might find an assassin;
Another that he might find a victim.
One was more wise than the other.”

Stephen Crane
He vaguely desired to walk around and around the body and stare; the impulse of the living to try to read in dead eyes the answer to the question.Pin
He vaguely desired to walk around and around the body and stare; the impulse of the living to try to read in dead eyes the answer to the question.
The red sun was pasted in the sky like a wafer.Pin
The red sun was pasted in the sky like a wafer.
Over the river a golden ray of sun came through the hosts of leaden rain clouds.Pin
Over the river a golden ray of sun came through the hosts of leaden rain clouds.
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