A poet's hope: to be, like some valley cheese, local, but prized elsewhere.
W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)
Source: Collected Poems
Contributed by: Zaady
To save your world you asked this man to die; Would this man, could he see you now, ask why?
Source: Epitaph for an Unknown Soldier
A real book is not one that we read, but one that reads us.
No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.
It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it.
I cannot accept the doctrine that in poetry there is a "suspension of belief." A poet must never make a statement simply because it is sounds poetically exciting; he must also believe it to be true.
In the end, art is small beer. The really serious things are earning one's living so as not to be a parasite and loving one's neighbor.
Those who will not reason, perish in the act. Those who will not act, perish for that reason.
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
. . . see without looking, . . . hear without seeing, . . . breathe without asking.
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