A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it goes on to become.
The ear tends to be lazy, craves the familiar and is shocked by the unexpected; the eye, on the other hand, tends to be impatient, craves the novel and is bored by repetition.
It is 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.
It takes little talent to see what lies under one’s nose, a good deal to know in what direction to point that organ.
No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.
No hero is mortal till he dies.
Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.
When I am in the company of scientists, I feel like a shabby curate who has strayed by mistake into a drawing room full of dukes.
A real book is not one that we read, but one that reads us.
Every autobiography is concerned with two characters, a Don Quixote, the Ego, and a Sancho Panza, the Self.