Quotation by Wallace Stevens

In European thought in general, as contrasted with American, vigor, life and originality have a kind of easy, professional utterance. American—on the other hand, is expressed in an eager amateurish way. A European gives a sense of scope, of survey, of consideration. An American is strained, sensational. One is artistic gold; the other is bullion.
Wallace Stevens (1879–1955), U.S. poet. Letters of Wallace Stevens, journal entry dated April 9, 1906, ed. Holly Stevens, Knopf (1967).
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