Every burned book enlightens the world.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
T.S. Eliot Quotes
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.
I don't believe one grows older. I think that what happens early on in life is that at a certain age one stands still and stagnates.
Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
Someone said, "The dead writers are remote from us because we know so much more than they did." Precisely, and they are that which we know.
The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do more, and you are not yet decrepit enough to turn them down.
You are the music while the music lasts.
Humankind cannot bear very much reality.
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
In a minute there is time for decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.
The progress of an artist is a continual self-sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality.
For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.
Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality.
Most editors are failed writers - but so are most writers.
The purpose of literature is to turn blood into ink.
A play should give you something to think about. When I see a play and understand it the first time, then I know it can't be much good.