In the country of pain we are each alone.
You’ll never find a better sparring partner than adversity.
Pessimism is a luxury that a Jew can never allow himself.
My poems are political in the deeper sense of the word. Political means to live in your time, to be a man of your time.
True feeling justifies whatever it may cost.
I’ve often said that all poetry is political. This is because real poems deal with a human response to reality and politics is part of reality, history in the making. Even if a poet writes about sitting in a glass house drinking tea, it reflects politics.
I was a very religious child – I went to synagogue at least once, sometimes twice, a day. And I remember my religiousness as good – I think religion is good for children, especially educated children, because it allows for imagination, a whole imaginative world apart from the practical world.
Each day, and the living of it, has to be a conscious creation in which discipline and order are relieved with some play and pure foolishness.
May we agree that private life is irrelevant? Multiple, mixed, ambiguous at best – out of it we try to fashion the crystal clear, the singular, the absolute, and that is what is relevant; that is what matters.
There’s no difference between one’s killing and making decisions that will send others to kill. It’s exactly the same thing, or even worse.