When one is frightened of the truth then it is never the whole truth that one has an inkling of.
The Vietnam War and the Iraq war, in different ways, both made me feel like I could not not address them. I’m very doubtful about the usefulness of poetry to do that.
Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.
The cow is of the bovine ilk; one end is moo, the other milk.
Good and bad men are less than they seem.
And soon, too soon, we part with pain, To sail o’er silent seas again.
We cannot put off living until we are ready.
The deepest problems of modern life derive from the claim of the individual to preserve the autonomy and individuality of his existence in the face of overwhelming social forces, of historical heritage, of external culture, and of the technique of life.
You cannot like the word, but what is happening is an occupation – to hold 3.5 million Palestinians under occupation. I believe that is a terrible thing for Israel and for the Palestinians.
I’m a highly flawed individual, as we all are, and because I was raised by Jesuits, I’m constantly, ‘What is it about me and what I can do to be better?’