“Welcome to the figurative world of poetry where nothing is ‘real,’ but everything matters.” – Laurence Overmire

“Life is a poem most people never read.” –Laurence Overmire

“Poetry is the art of using language to transcend language.” –Laurence Overmire

“Creativity is at the root of love and meaning in this life.” –Laurence Overmire

“There is no such thing as failure for an artist, unless failure is the refusal to attempt, the unwillingness to dream.” –Laurence Overmire

“Prose pretends to be straightforward in its application to the truth, but truth itself is a dissembler. Poetry, much more honest, knows the deception can’t be overcome.” –Laurence Overmire (poem Gloves Off)

“Real life is never quite as interesting as the story told afterward.” –Laurence Overmire

“Those who refuse to look at or give expression to the dark side of life are in denial—fear preventing passage through the door of growth, truth and, ultimately, wisdom.” –Laurence Overmire

“Life is inherently disturbing. That’s why we’ve created the myths—to help us overcome, defend or deny, to transcend the grim reality of what here seems to be.” –Laurence Overmire (poem From Out the Head of Zeus)

“If God spent 180 million years making dinosaurs, what makes us think Man is so special, a tick of the clock before midnight?” –Laurence Overmire (poem The Center of the Universe)

“God made in the image of Man is an imperfect master.” –Laurence Overmire

Bandon Lighthouse, photo by Laurence Overmire

“War, hatred, and violence all spring from one infernal idea: that one person, race, creed, or culture is better than another.” –Laurence Overmire

“Recognizing your own ignorance is the first step toward wisdom.” –Laurence Overmire

“When you look at a person who’s different and see Yourself, then you begin to understand who and what God really is.” –Laurence Overmire (poem The Divine Notion)

“There is no nobler profession, nor no greater calling, than to be among those unheralded many who gave and give their lives to the preservation of human knowledge, passed with commitment and care from one generation to the next.” –Laurence Overmire

“There is no such thing as an insignificant life, only the insignificance of mind that refuses to grasp the implications.” –Laurence Overmire

“History remembers only the celebrated, genealogy remembers them all.” –Laurence Overmire

“Orwell couldn’t see that Big Brother would not be The State, but The Corporation.” –Laurence Overmire (poem 2084)

"Apathy is the slow poison coursing through the body politic that paves the way to tyranny." –Laurence Overmire

“The future is won or lost in the war of ideas.” –Laurence Overmire

“Expect nothing and accept everything and you will never be disappointed.” –Laurence Overmire (poem It Is What It Is)

“There are some who dream their lives away, but end up doing nothing, and others who do their lives away, and end up never dreaming.” –Laurence Overmire

“To listen to the silence is to hear the heartbeat of the Universe.” –Laurence Overmire

“Over the course of the millennia, all these ancestors in your tree, generation upon generation, have come down to this moment in time—to give birth to you. There has never been, nor will ever be, another like you. You have been given a tremendous responsibility. You carry the hopes and dreams of all those who have gone before. Hopes and dreams for a better world. What will you do with your time on this Earth? How will you contribute to the ongoing story of humankind?” –Laurence Overmire (from lecture, The Quest for Your Ancestral Home)

“I reserve the right to evolve. What I think and feel today is subject to revision tomorrow.” –Laurence Overmire