Rod McKuen quotes

  • Strangers are just friends waiting to happen
    -- Rod McKuen

    #Friendship #Real Friends #Waiting

  • Extending your hand is extending yourself.
    -- Rod McKuen

    #Humble #Hands

  • Cats have it all - admiration, an endless sleep, and company only when they want it.
    -- Rod McKuen

    #Sleep #Cat #Pet

  • If you love somebody, tell them.
    -- Rod McKuen

    #Love

  • The gifts that one receives for giving are so immeasurable that it is almost an injustice to accept them.
    -- Rod McKuen

    #Giving #Injustice #Accepting

  • Love is a sweet thing caught a momentand held in a golden eye.
    -- Rod McKuen

    #Sweet #Eye #Love Is

  • People ask me why I connected. It was presumptuous of me to say, but I'm Everyman. The difference is I put my thoughts into words.
    -- Rod McKuen

    #Differences #People #Ask Me

  • If I could do it over, I'd do better.
    -- Rod McKuen

  • To understand others you should get behind their eyes and walk down their spines.
    -- Rod McKuen

    #Eye #Understanding #Should

  • Poetry is fact given over to imagery.
    -- Rod McKuen

    #Poetry #Facts #Given

  • I cannot speculate on what our cluttered mind will save- sleepy Sundays, or a nosebleed after love. I know only the dying heart needs the nourishment of memory to live beyond too many winters.
    -- Rod McKuen

    #Broken Heart #Memories #Sunday

  • No map to help us find the tranquil flat lands, clearings calm, fields without mean fences. Rolling down the other side of life our compass is the sureness of ourselves. Time may make us rugged, ragged round the edges, but know and understand that love is still the safest place to land.
    -- Rod McKuen

    #Mean #Love Is #Land

  • Once I thought ideas were exceptions not the rule. That is not so. Ideas are so plentiful that they ride on air. You have only to reach out and snatch one.
    -- Rod McKuen

    #Ideas #Air #Exception

  • Laws and machines are shaped to fit the classes.
    -- Rod McKuen

    #Law #Class #Machines

  • The world needs writers. We will always be necessary. There are few professions that can claim that distinction.
    -- Rod McKuen

    #World #Needs #Distinction

  • I chose the shadows; they did not choose me. I stay here securely not just because I feel plain, but because disappearance is by now the easy way. The habit. The worn path that I can trod knowingly and be assured safe passage home.
    -- Rod McKuen

    #Home #Solitude #Shadow

  • We come into the world alone. We go away the same. We're meant to spend the interlude between in closeness or so we tell ourselves. But it's a long way from the morning to the evening.
    -- Rod McKuen

    #Morning #Long #Solitude

  • and if the world breaks down, I'll be around.
    -- Rod McKuen

    #World #Breaking Down #Break

  • The journey back is always longer than the forward run.
    -- Rod McKuen

    #Running #Journey

  • Unless you call attention to your presence who will know you're there? Even a country has to weave and wave a flag as proof of its existence.
    -- Rod McKuen

    #Country #Attention #Flags

  • Be gentle with me, new love. Treat me tenderly. I need the gentle touch, the soft voice, the candlelight after nine. There's been so many who didn't understand so give me all the love I see in your timid eyes but give it gently Please.
    -- Rod McKuen

    #Eye #Voice #Giving

  • I've been going a long time now along the way I've learned some things. You have to make the good times yourself take the little times and make them into big times and save the times that are all right for the ones that aren't so good.
    -- Rod McKuen

    #Long #Littles #Way

  • It's nice sometimes to open up the heart a little and let some hurt come in. It proves you're still alive.
    -- Rod McKuen

    #Hurt #Nice #Heart

  • It happens just because we need to want and to be wanted too, when love is here or gone to lie down in the darkness and listen to the warm.
    -- Rod McKuen

    #Lying #Love Is #Darkness

  • Never fear being alone, because you never are.
    -- Rod McKuen

    #Being Alone #Never Fear

  • I have never known a cat that couldn't quiet me down just by walking slowly past my chair.
    -- Rod McKuen

    #Cat #Past #Quiet

  • I've come to terms with it, it knows I know.
    -- Rod McKuen

    #Mental Health #Term #Know Me

  • I am not a joiner. Somewhere I once said that people join clubs now for the very reason they once carried them, a need for security. Maybe I'm alone more often than I should be, because I try to find security within myself.
    -- Rod McKuen

    #People #Solitude #Trying

  • We will all wake up semi-angels, If we wake at all.
    -- Rod McKuen

    #Angel #Wake Up