True, most Americans give lip service to the proposition that even the most exalted among us have their flaws, but we are eager to believe that presidents manage to rise above the limitations that beset the rest of us.
In the language of poetry, where every word is weighed, nothing is usual or normal. Not a single stone and not a single cloud above it. Not a single day and not a single night after it. And above all, not a single existence, not anyone’s existence in this world.
A talent somewhat above mediocrity, shrewd and not too sensitive, is more likely to rise in the world than genius.
The British bombing of Caen beginning on D-Day in particular was stupid, counter-productive and above all very close to a war crime.
Divine love does not weigh down, nor carry his servant captive and enslaved to the lowest depths, but raises him, supports him and magnifies him above all liberty whatsoever.
It may be said that poems are in one way like icebergs: only about a third of their bulk appears above the surface of the page.
Men of action, above all those whose actions are guided by love, live forever.
There is in fact no such thing as art for art’s sake, art that stands above classes, art that is detached from or independent of politics. Proletarian literature and art are part of the whole proletarian revolutionary cause.
The day when a sportsman stops thinking above all else of the happiness in his own effort and the intoxication of the power and physical balance he derives from it, the day when he lets considerations of vanity or interest take over, on this day his ideal will die.
If I place love above everything, it is because for me it is the most desperate, the most despairing state of affairs imaginable.