You don't have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.
Love is the word used to label the sexual excitement of the young, the habituation of the middleaged, and the mutual dependence of the old.
Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.
The Constitution gives every American the inalienable right to make a damn fool of himself
Intelligence recognizes what has happened. Genius recognizes what will happen.
Every parent is at some time the father of the unreturned prodigal, with nothing to do but keep his house open to hope
Poetry lies its way to the truth.
What has any poet to trust more than the feel of the thing? Theory concerns him only until he picks up his pen, and it begins to concern him again as soon as he lays it down.
Nothing goes further toward a man's liberation than the act of surviving his need for character.
A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students.
But when the pen is in his hand he has to write by itch and twitch, though certainly his itch and twitch are intimately conditioned by all his past itching and twitching, and by all his past theorizing about them.
You don't have to suffer to be a poet
One night I dreamed I was locked in my Father's watchWith Ptolemy and twenty-one ruby starsMounted on spheres and the Primum MobileCoiled and gleaming to the end of spaceAnd the notched spheres eating each other's rindsTo the last tooth of time, and the case closed.
He had his choice, and he liked the worst.
I have one head that wants to be good,And one that wants to be bad.And always, as soon as I get up,One of my heads is sad.