I write the poems first, with only a few exceptions for odd reasons, where I’m given the illustration first.
Desire is poverty. Desire is the greatest impurity of the mind. Desire is the motive force for action. Desire in the mind is the real impurity. Even a spark of desire is a very great evil.
If you do not know the laws of right conduct, you cannot form your character.
I mentioned that one of the tripartite formulas in American worldview involves time: past, present, and future.
I’m working now on a collection of Shakespearean sonnets, about 100 of them, that I may publish if anyone’s interested. My take on life is a little different from the bard’s.
If a student takes the whole series of my folklore courses including the graduate seminars, he or she should learn something about fieldwork, something about bibliography, something about how to carry out library research, and something about how to publish that research.
Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.
I’m never bored.
In me the tiger sniffs the rose.
The class has become over the years fairly large, running to three hundred or more, but I always insist upon reading all the student folklore collections myself. Although this is a tall order, I look forward to it because I learn so much from it.