Far from being the product of a democratic revolution and of an opposition to English institutions, the constitution of the United States was the result of a powerful reaction against democracy, and in favor of the traditions of the mother country.
Washington, not Jefferson, freed his slaves upon his death.
I realized poetry’s the thing that I can do ’cause I can stick at it and work with tremendous intensity.
Imagination, the traitor of the mind, has taken my solitude and slain it.
I’m not a driven businessman, but a driven artist. I never think about money. Beautiful things make money.
To be able to look back upon one’s past life with satisfaction is to live twice.
Writing is not the easiest way to make a living. Your work long hours, usually all by yourself. It is not a way to make money.
My sense of a poem – my notion of how you revise – is: you get yourself into a state where what you are intensely conscious of is not why you wrote it or how you wrote it, but what you wrote.
The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.
History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul.