Literature, like memory, selects only the vivid patches.
The artist tries to see what there is to be interested in... He has not created something, he has seen something.
All emotions are the ore from which poetry may be sifted.
One of the main reasons for the existence of philosophy is not that it enables you to find truth (it can never do that) but that it does provide you a refuge for definitions.
Language is by its very nature a communal thing.
The first time I ever felt the necessity or inevitableness of verse, was in the desire to reproduce the peculiar quality of feeling which is induced by the flat spaces and wide horizons of the virgin prairie of western Canada.
Language is by its very nature a communal thing; that is, it expresses never the exact thing but a compromise - that which is common to you, me, and everybody.
In the light of absolute values (religious or ethical) man himself is judged to be limited or imperfect, while he can occasionally accomplish acts which partake of perfection, he, himself can never be perfect.
A poem is good if it contains a new analogy and startles the reader out of the habit of treating words as counters.
Prose is in fact the museum where the dead images of verse are preserved. In 'Notes', prose is 'a museum where all the old weapons of poetry kept.
Thought is prior to language and consists in the simultaneous presentation to the mind of two different images.
There is no such thing as an absolute truth to be discovered.
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