Though everything else may appear shallow and repulsive, even the smallest task in music is so absorbing, and carries us so far away from town, country, earth, and all worldly things, that it is truly a blessed gift of God.
The poet doesn't invent. He listens.
We protect aspirin bottles in this country better than we protect guns from accidents by children.
Poets are the sense, philosophers the intelligence of humanity.
I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.
Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof.
Do not seek fame. Do not make plans. Do not be absorbed by activities. Do not think that you know. Be aware of all that is and dwell in the infinite. Wander where there is no path. Be all that heaven gave you, but act as though you have received nothing. Be empty, that is all.
I'm waiting to have a big castle or country home to put all of my collection in. I have an attic full of stuff in my friend's house in Virginia.
As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.
As the poet said, 'Only God can make a tree,' probably because it's so hard to figure out how to get the bark on.
Switzerland is a small, steep country, much more up and down than sideways, and is all stuck over with large brown hotels built on the cuckoo clock style of architecture.
If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for the Creator, there is no poverty.
The pacifist is as surely a traitor to his country and to humanity as is the most brutal wrongdoer.
At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.
For me as an American, the most painful aspect of this is that I believe that that administration has taken the events of 9/11 and has manipulated the grief of the country and I think that's reprehensible.
The power of daring anything their fancy suggest, as always been conceded to the painter and the poet.
I wouldn't overestimate the importance of my popularity in the country and abroad but at the end of the day it's not as important because I believe that my presence here could make some difference and it could encourage people.
There's an awareness of fashion in this country, and it's not limited to gay people.
America is a country of inventors, and the greatest of inventors are the newspaper men.
California is like an artificial limb the rest of the country doesn't really need. You can quote me on that.
Wisdom is not finally tested in the schools, Wisdom cannot be pass'd from one having it to another not having it, Wisdom is of the soul, is not susceptible of proof, is its own proof.
Count Dracula had directed me to go to the Golden Krone Hotel, which I found, to my great delight, to be thoroughly old-fashioned, for of course I wanted to see all I could of the ways of the country.
Homer has taught all other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.
I think that my work is my attempt, I suppose, is to try and become a piece of connective tissue. I'm trying to communicate with people here and in America - in rich countries - about what I see on the ground in badly affected areas.
For a country to have a great writer is like having a second government. That is why no regime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones.