Whether if soul did not exist time would exist or not, is a question that may fairly be asked; for if there cannot be someone to count there cannot be anything that can be counted, so that evidently there cannot be number; for number is either what has been, or what can be, counted.
We have a sense that we should be like the mythical cowboy… able to take on and conquer anything and live in the world without the need for other people.
Most enlightened men now recognize that General Jackson is not fitted to fill the office of President; his limited experience of anything to do with civil government and his great age make him incompetent.
Art is not the kind of thing where you get what you put into it all the time. So I learned to not expect anything other than the sort of joy of having a poem in front of me.
I don’t publish anything I haven’t worked over 100 times.
Do you know anything that in all its innocence is more humiliating than the funny pages of a Sunday newspaper in America?
At a school in Massachusetts where I once worked, we managed early on through consensus. Which sounds wonderful, but it was just a very, very difficult way to sort of manage anything, because convincing everybody to do one particular thing, especially if it was hard, was almost impossible.
God never does anything wrong. He knows what is best for me. No man can understand God, or know why He deals with us as He does.
To know anything of a poet but his poetry is, so far as the poetry is concerned, to know something that may be entertaining, even delightful, but is certainly inessential.
The only language men ever speak perfectly is the one they learn in babyhood, when no one can teach them anything!