We dance round in a ring and suppose, but the secret sits in the middle and knows.
You can have Irish identity in the north and also have your Irish passport.
Love is all we have, the only way that each can help the other.
Knowledge is only one half. Faith is the other.
Ultimately Warhol’s private moral reference was to the supreme kitsch of the Catholic church.
A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.
Reading is the only area of my life in which I prefer to be non-autonomous.
Now, to read poetry at all is to have an ideal anthology of one’s own, and in that possession to be incapable of content with the anthologies of all the world besides.
I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can’t make it through one door, I’ll go through another door – or I’ll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.
The chief beginning of evil is goodness in excess.