It’s 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 poet should always be ‘collaborating’ with his public, but this public, in the mass, cannot make itself heard, and he has to guess at its requirements and its criticisms.
Evil is unspectacular and always human, and shares our bed and eats at our own table.
Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred.
For who can bear to feel himself forgotten?
I am at home in Dublin, more than in any other city.
A poet is a professional maker of verbal objects.
A poet must leave traces of his passage, not proof.
No human being is innocent, but there is a class of innocent human actions called Games.
Of all possible subjects, travel is the most difficult for an artist, as it is the easiest for a journalist.