35 Inspirational Seamus Heaney Quotes On Success

35 Inspirational Seamus Heaney Quotes On Success

Seamus Justin Heaney MRIA was an Irish poet, playwright and translator. He received the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. Among his best-known works is Death of a Naturalist (1966), his first major published volume. Heaney was and is still recognised as one of the principal contributors to poetry in Ireland during his lifetime. American poet Robert Lowell described him as “the most important Irish poet since Yeats”, and many others, including the academic John Sutherland, have said that he was “the greatest poet of our age”. May these Seamus Heaney Quotes On Success inspire you to take action so that you may live your dreams.

1. “The next move is always the test.” Seamus Heaney

2. “All I know is a door into the dark.” Seamus Heaney

3. “It is difficult at times to repress the thought that history is about as instructive as an abattoir, that Tacitus was right and that peace is merely the desolation left behind after the decisive operations of merciless power.” Seamus Heaney

4. “Memory has always been fundamental for me. In fact, remembering what I had forgotten is the way most of the poems get started.” Seamus Heaney

5. “Wherever that man went, he went gratefully.” Seamus Heaney

6. “If self is a location, so is love: Bearings taken, markings, cardinal points, Options, obstinacies, dug heels, and distance, Here and there and now and then, a stance.” Seamus Heaney

7. “The end of art is peace.” Seamus Heaney

8. “The ability to start out upon your own impulse is fundamental to the gift of keeping going upon your own terms. Getting started, keeping going, getting started again in art and in life, it seems to me this is the essential rhythm.” Seamus Heaney

9. “Suspect too much sweet talk but never close your mind.” Seamus Heaney

10. “The external reality and inner dynamic of happenings in Northern Ireland between 1968 and 1974 were symptomatic of change, violent change admittedly, but change nevertheless, and for the minority living there, change had been long overdue.” Seamus Heaney

11. “Don’t be surprised if I demur, for, be advised my passport’s green.” Seamus Heaney

12. “Hope is not optimism, which expects things to turn out well, but something rooted in the conviction that there is good worth working for.” Seamus Heaney

13. “Walk on air against your better judgement.” Seamus Heaney

14. “At home in Ireland, there’s a habit of avoidance, an ironical attitude towards the authority figure.” Seamus Heaney

15. “Even if the last move did not succeed, the inner command says move again.” Seamus Heaney

16. “History says, Don’t hope On this side of the grave, But then, once in a lifetime The longed-for tidal wave Of justice can rise up, And hope and history rhyme.” Seamus Heaney

17. “I’ve always associated the moment of writing with a moment of lift, of joy, of unexpected reward.” Seamus Heaney

18. “Anyone with gumption and a sharp mind will take the measure of two things: what’s said and what’s done.” Seamus Heaney

19. “Two buckets were easier carried than one. I grew up in between.” Seamus Heaney

20. “I rhyme, to see myself, to set the darkness echoing.” Seamus Heaney

21. “Poetry is always slightly mysterious, and you wonder what is your relationship to it.” Seamus Heaney

22. “The gift of writing is to be self-forgetful, to get a surge of inner life or inner supply or unexpected sense of empowerment, to be afloat, to be out of yourself.” Seamus Heaney

23. “If you have the words, there’s always a chance that you’ll find the way.” Seamus Heaney

24. “Debate doesn’t really change things. It gets you bogged in deeper. If you can address or reopen the subject with something new, something from a different angle, then there is some hope. People are suddenly gazing at something else and pausing for a moment. And for the duration of that gaze and pause, they are like reflectors of the totality of their own knowledge and/or ignorance. That’s something poetry can do for you, it can entrance you for a moment above the pool of your own consciousness and your own possibilities.” Seamus Heaney

25. “I have begun to think of life as a series of ripples widening out from an original center.” Seamus Heaney

26. “I credit poetry for making this space-walk possible.” Seamus Heaney

27. “Even if the hopes you started out with are dashed, hope has to be maintained.” Seamus Heaney

28. “The way we are living, timorous or bold, will have been our life.” Seamus Heaney

29. “The aim of poetry and the poet is finally to be of service, to ply the effort of the individual into the larger work of the community as a whole.” Seamus Heaney

30. “Behavior that’s admired is the path to power among people everywhere.” Seamus Heaney

31. “I have always thought of poems as stepping stones in one’s own sense of oneself. Every now and again, you write a poem that gives you self-respect and steadies your going a little bit farther out in the stream. At the same time, you have to conjure the next stepping stone because the stream, we hope, keeps flowing.” Seamus Heaney

32. Believe that a further shore is reachable from here.” Seamus Heaney

33. “Poetry is language in orbit.” Seamus Heaney

34. “Not to Learn Irish is to miss the opportunity of understanding what life in this country has meant and could mean in a better future. It is to cut oneself off from ways of being at home. If we regard self-understanding, mutual understanding, imaginative enhancement, cultural diversity and a tolerant political atmosphere as a desirable attainments, we should remember that a knowledge of the Irish language is an essential element in their realisation.” Seamus Heaney

35. “I can’t think of a case where poems changed the world, but what they do is they change people’s understanding of what’s going on in the world.” Seamus Heaney

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