At a certain age you’re always uncertain how other people will take you.
One of the biggest motivators is to be part of something larger than yourself.
To the poet, his travels, his adventures, his loves, his indignations are finally resolved in verse, and this, in the end becomes his permanent, indestructible life.
There are two kinds of people; those who are always well and those who are always sick. Most of the evils of the world come from the first sort and most of the achievement from the second.
I have always used a great variety of verse forms, especially in my poetry for children. I believe that poetry begins in childhood and that a poet who can remember his own childhood exactly can, and should, communicate to children.
A fresh and vigorous weed, always renewed and renewing, it will cut its wondrous way through rubbish and rubble.
Events are not a matter of chance.
What is forgiven is usually well remembered.
I have been a conspirator for so long that I mistrust all around me.
I’m not religious in any formal sense, not in any God sense.