What is popularly called fame is nothing but an empty name and a legacy from paganism.
I think that looking forward it’s easy to imagine more constructive help for Haiti.
If I were to die thinking that I’d written three poems that people might read after me, I would feel that I hadn’t lived in vain. Great poets might expect the whole body of their work, but most of us – well, I would settle for a handful.
At last I perceive that in revolutions the supreme power rests with the most abandoned.
Nature, more of a stepmother than a mother in several ways, has sown a seed of evil in the hearts of mortals, especially in the more thoughtful men, which makes them dissatisfied with their own lot and envious of another’s.
It is wisdom in prosperity, when all is as thou wouldn’t have it, to fear and suspect the worst.
Let a man find himself, in distinction from others, on top of two wheels with a chain – at least in a poor country like Russia – and his vanity begins to swell out like his tires. In America it takes an automobile to produce this effect.
In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
Great eagerness in the pursuit of wealth, pleasure, or honor, cannot exist without sin.
I’m not precisely saying that a really good board meeting at the MLA (Museums, Libraries and Archives Coucil) makes me want to go and write poetry, but there is a pleasure in doing that sort of thing well.