In a world of prayer, we are all equal in the sense that each of us is a unique person, with a unique perspective on the world, a member of a class of one.
What the mass media offers is not popular art, but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food, forgotten, and replaced by a new dish.
If equal affection cannot be, let the more loving be me.
When I find myself in the company of scientists, I feel like a shabby curate who has strayed by mistake into a room full of dukes.
You know there are no secrets in America. It’s quite different in England, where people think of a secret as a shared relation between two people.
Music can be made anywhere, is invisible and does not smell.
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.