You cannot catch trout with dry breeches.
~ Spanish Proverb
W.H. Auden Quotes
What is a Professor of Poetry? How can poetry be professed?
A professor is one who talks in someone else's sleep.
Political history is far too criminal and pathological to be a fit subject of study for the young. Children should acquire their heroes and villains from fiction.
Man is a history-making creature who can neither repeat his past nor leave it behind.
The ear tends to be lazy, craves the familiar, and is shocked by the unexpected: the eye, on the other hand, tends to be impatient, craves the novel and is bored by repetition.
No good opera plot can be sensible:... people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.
Proper names are poetry in the raw. Like all poetry they are untranslatable.
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.
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.