Any writer overwhelmingly honest about pleasing himself is almost sure to please others.
Originality is... a by-product of sincerity.
Beauty is everlasting And dust is for a time.
Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.
Your thorns are the best part of you.
The hands are the heart's messengers.
We Call Them the Brave who likely were reluctant to be brave.
Superior people never make long visits.
Life is energy, and energy is creativity. And even when individuals pass on, the energy is retained in the work of art, locked in it and awaiting release if only someone will take the time and the care to unlock it.
Omissions are not accidents.
I never 'plan' a stanza. Words cluster like chromosomes, determining the procedure.
Egotism is usually subversive of sagacity.
The passion for setting people right is in itself an afflictive disease.
At all events there is in Brooklyn
something that makes me feel at home.
In a poem the excitement has to maintain itself. I am governed by the pull of the sentence as the pull of a fabric is governed by gravity.
The weak overcomes its/ menace, the strong over-/comes itself.
A writer is unfair to himself when he is unable to be hard on himself.
One writes because one has a burning desire to objectify what it is indispensable to one's happiness to express ...
Excess is the common substitute for energy.
The heart that gives, gathers.
The cynics in life are the people who are always trying to do things for people who don't want things done for them.
One must be as clear as one's natural reticence allows one to be.
Conscious writing can be the death of poetry.
The Irish say your trouble is their trouble and your joy their joy? I wish I could believe it; I am troubled, I'm dissatisfied, I'm Irish.
The power of the visible is the invisible.
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