Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.
We are here on Earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don't know.
No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.
Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society has to take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness it is the one crime in which society has a direct interest.
A poet's hope to be, like some valley cheese, local, but prized elsewhere.
Some books are undeservedly forgotten none are undeservedly remembered.
What the mass media offers is not popular art, but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food, forgotten, and replaced by a new dish.
If equal affection cannot be, let the more loving be me
A tremendous number of people in America work very hard at something that bores them. Even a rich man thinks he has to go down to the office everyday. Not because he likes it but because he can't think of anything else to do.
I sit in one of the dives On Fifty-Second Street Uncertain and afraid As the clever hopes expire Of a low dishonest decade: Waves of anger and fear Circulate over the bright And darkened lands of the earth, Obsessing our private lives; The unmentiona
Now is the age of anxiety.
A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it goes on to become.
I know nothing, except what everyone knows if there when Graces dances, I should dance.
Even the dreadful martyrdom must run its course Anyhow in a corner, some untidy spot Where the dogs go on with their doggy life
A daydream is a meal at which images are eaten. Some of us are gourmets, some gourmands, and a good many take their images precooked out of a can and swallow them down whole, absent-mindedly and with little relish.
Evil is unspectacular and always human And shares our bed and eats at our own table
Before people complain of the obscurity of modern poetry, they should first examine their consciences and ask themselves with how many people and on how many occasions they have genuinely and profoundly shared some experience with another
Geniuses are the luckiest of mortals because what they must do is the same as what they most want to do.
Health is the state about which medicine has nothing to say
No hero is immortal till he dies
Let us honor if we can the vertical man, though we value none but the horizontal one
Perhaps there is only one cardinal sin: impatience. Because of impatience we were driven out of Paradise, because of impatience we cannot return.
It takes little talent to see what lies under one's nose, a good deal to know in what direction to point that organ.
When I look back at the three or four choices in my life which have been decisive, I find that, at the time I made them, I had very little sense of the seriousness of what I was doing and only later did I discover what had seemed an unimportant brook
The word 'Intellectual' suggests straight away - A man who's untrue to his wife