Genius is the recovery of childhood at will.
Idle youth, enslaved to everything; by being too sensitive I have wasted my life.
I neither drink nor smoke, because my schoolmaster impressed upon me three cardinal virtues; cleanliness in person, cleanliness in mind; temperance.
Education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living.
Without some goals and some efforts to reach it, no man can live.
I love form, but I’m not interested in forms. I’ve never written a sonnet or villanelle or sestina or any of that. For me, it’s a kind of line. It’s a rhythm. It’s something musical.
Nature is the mother and the habitat of man, even if sometimes a stepmother and an unfriendly home.
For the moment and for some time great events have been denied me, forward action not come my way.
Individual effort is almost relatively impossible to cope with the big problem of poverty as we see it.
If I live near a dancer or a painter, or a clarinet player comes from my neighborhood, I take some pleasure in that, feel a little more as if I come from someplace in particular.