We eat up artists like there’s going to be a famine at the end.
Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.
I’d had an early stint in acting school, and there was something satisfying about becoming a character, about being inside another mind that you had to create out of yourself. As I moved toward a life in writing, I found many of the things I’d learned in acting school still applied.
I remember little of the Yukon or what I wrote there.
Wit as an instrument of revenge is as infamous as art is as a means of sensual titillation.
You’re not free until you’ve been made captive by supreme belief.
I’ve thought of the last line of some poems for years and tried them out, It wouldn’t work because the last line was much too beautiful for the poem.
Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.
Truth is so rare that it is delightful to tell it.
There are two languages: one as things seem to us and the other of knowledge.