I keep my friends as misers do their treasure, because, of all the things granted us by wisdom, none is greater or better than friendship.
God be thanked for the thinkers of good and noble thoughts! It wakes up all the best in ourselves, to come into close contact with others greater and better in every way than we are.
This is the merit and distinction of art: to be more real than reality, to be not nature but nature’s essence.
A baby is God’s opinion that life should go on.
I’ve never been more famous than I was, suddenly, in 1986.
I had a lot of trouble in school to begin with. I got left back in kindergarten, and I was in special education. My teachers didn’t have very much faith in me.
America is as much a black country as a white one. The lives and destinies of the white American are bound up inextricably with those of the black American.
As much as we love each other, there is some growing difficulty in my adult relationship with my father. Because we’re both writers, we’re having a very intimate conversation in a very public forum.
The idea of how to read a poem is based on the idea that poetry needs you as a reader. That the experience of poetry, the meaning in poetry, is a kind of circuit that takes place between a poet, a poem and a reader, and that meaning doesn’t exist or inhere in poems alone.
People get so in the habit of worry that if you save them from drowning and put them on a bank to dry in the sun with hot chocolate and muffins they wonder whether they are catching cold.