Christianity taught men that love is worth more than intelligence.
Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.
Poetry proceeds from the totality of man, sense, imagination, intellect, love, desire, instinct, blood and spirit together.
A single idea, if it is right, saves us the labor of an infinity of experiences.
The great and admirable strength of America consists in this, that America is truly the American people.
Americans seem sometimes to believe that if you are a thinker you must be a frowning bore, because thinking is so damn serious.
A man of courage flees forward, in the midst of new things.
I don’t see America as a mainland, but as a sea, a big ocean. Sometimes a storm arises, a formidable current develops, and it seems it will engulf everything. Wait a moment, another current will appear and bring the first one to naught.
The poet knows himself only on the condition that things resound in him, and that in him, at a single awakening, they and he come forth together out of sleep.
We don’t love qualities; we love a person; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as their qualities.