Genius is talent set on fire by courage.
There are two good rules which ought to be written on every heart – never to believe anything bad about anybody unless you positively know it to be true; never to tell even that unless you feel that it is absolutely necessary, and that God is listening.
Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love, to work, to play, and to look up at the stars.
A friend is what the heart needs all the time.
Francis Webb is easily our greatest poet and one of the greatest poets in the world but he’s hardly ever mentioned.
To throw oneself to the side of the oppressed is the only dignified thing to do in life.
To desire and strive to be of some service to the world, to aim at doing something which shall really increase the happiness and welfare and virtue of mankind – this is a choice which is possible for all of us; and surely it is a good haven to sail for.
In the progress of personality, first comes a declaration of independence, then a recognition of interdependence.
The crest and crowning of all good, Life’s final star, is brotherhood.
I don’t know if younger poets read a lot of, you know, the poets – the established poets. There was a lot of pretty boring stuff to sort of put up with and to add to, to make something vital from.