What we live by we die by.
Poetry is what gets lost in translation.
There never was any heart truly great and generous, that was not also tender and compassionate.
The figure a poem makes. It begins in delight and ends in wisdom... in a clarification of life - not necessarily a great clarification, such as sects and cults are founded on, but in a momentary stay against confusion.
Talking is a hydrant in the yard and writing is a faucet upstairs in the house. Opening the first takes the pressure off the second.
We dance round in a ring and suppose, but the secret sits in the middle and knows.
Poetry is about the grief. Politics is about the grievance.
Happiness makes up in height what it lacks in length.
In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.
A poet never takes notes. You never take notes in a love affair.
I'm not confused. I'm just well mixed.
I would have written of me on my stone: I had a lover's quarrel with the world.
A person will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body - the wishbone.
Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat.
A mother takes twenty years to make a man of her boy, and another woman makes a fool of him in twenty minutes.
One aged man - one man - can't fill a house.
Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper.
Education is hanging around until you've caught on.
The greatest thing in family life is to take a hint when a hint is intended-and not to take a hint when a hint isn't intended.
By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.
To be social is to be forgiving.
Forgive me my nonsense, as I also forgive the nonsense of those that think they talk sense.
You don't have to deserve your mother's love. You have to deserve your father's.
To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.
The middle of the road is where the white line is - and that's the worst place to drive.