Randall Jarrell
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"Randall Jarrell" was an American poet, literary critic, children's author, essayist, novelist, and the 11th Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, a position that now bears the title Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress/Poet Laureate.

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President Robbins was so well adjusted to his environment that sometimes you could not tell which was the environment and which was President Robbins.

One of the most obvious facts about grownups to a child is that they have forgotten what it is like to be a child.

If we meet an honest and intelligent politician, a dozen, a hundred, we say they aren't like politicians at all, and our category of politicians stays unchanged; we know what politicians are like.

The people who live in a golden age usually go around complaining how yellow everything looks.

The Southern past, the Southern present, the Southern future became one of red clay pine barrens, of chain-gang camps, of housewives dressed in flour sacks who stare all day dully down into dirty sinks.

I decided that Europeans and Americans are like men and women: they understand each other worse, and it matters less, than either of them suppose.

In the United States, there one feels free . . . Except from the Americans - but every pearl has its oyster.

I think that one possible definition of our modern culture is that it is one in which nine-tenths of our intellectuals can't read any poetry.

It is better to entertain an idea than to take it home to live with you for the rest of your life.

But be, as you have been, my happiness...