Democracy and socialism are means to an end, not the end itself.
And in a way, that’s been a help to me, because I take great passions for a particular poet – sometimes it lasts for many years, sometimes only for a while. This happens to everybody.
Facts are facts and will not disappear on account of your likes.
The forces in a capitalist society, if left unchecked, tend to make the rich richer and the poor poorer.
All I write about is what’s happened to me and to people I know, and the better I know them, the more likely they are to be written about.
Great causes and little men go ill together.
But I hang on to books. I love them. I even think they’re very nice decor in a room – far better than paintings… That’s not quite true!
Well, I’m a light traveller. I chuck things away.
And some poets are far better read off the page because they’re very bad speakers. I’m thinking of one in particular whom I won’t name, a good poet, and he reads in such a dry, boring way, your eyes start drooping.
The person who talks most of his own virtue is often the least virtuous.