Whoever wishes to keep a secret must hide the fact that he possesses one.
Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.
I was appointed Poet Laureate. It came totally out of the blue because most Poet Laureates had been considerably older than I. It was not something that I even had begun to dream about!
The biggest problem with every art is by the use of appearance to create a loftier reality.
Wood burns because it has the proper stuff in it; and a man becomes famous because he has the proper stuff in him.
Have you ever heard a good joke? If you’ve ever heard someone just right, with the right pacing, then you’re already on the way to poetry. It’s about using words in very precise ways and using gesture.
A man’s manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.
Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.
He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.
One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude.