One has to pay dearly for immortality; one has to die several times while one is still alive.
The fact to which we have got to cling, as to a lifebelt, is that it is possible to be a normal decent person and yet be fully alive.
When Robert Frost was alive, I was known as the other new England poet, which is to be barely known at all.
I feel most alive, most electric with faith, breath, and courage, when I think of God as a current that runs through all that is. Not by will or by choice. Not as a benediction but because there are laws even God must obey.
Spending a weekend with Hitler would have been boring in the extreme, although you would have had a greater certainty in coming back alive.
One hundred and ten years from now no one who is here now will be alive.
We who in engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive.
There is no denying that Hitler and Stalin are alive today… they are waiting for us to forget, because this is what makes possible the resurrection of these two monsters.
But what is the use of preaching the Gospel to men whose whole attention is concentrated upon a mad, desperate struggle to keep themselves alive?
A lot of my students are Asian-American, and it has been thrilling to watch them break through the stereotypes into something alive and surprising.