The figure a poem makes. It begins in delight and ends in wisdom… in a clarification of life – not necessarily a great clarification, such as sects and cults are founded on, but in a momentary stay against confusion.
Considered subjectively, philosophy always begins in the middle, like an epic poem.
A good boxer, in striking the round blow, instead of loosening body and arm, gathers himself into a heap of muscularity and begins his blow where all blows ought to begin, from the solidarity of the right foot.
We Negro writers, just by being black, have been on the blacklist all our lives. Censorship for us begins at the color line.
Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder.
I have always used a great variety of verse forms, especially in my poetry for children. I believe that poetry begins in childhood and that a poet who can remember his own childhood exactly can, and should, communicate to children.
It is beyond a doubt that all our knowledge begins with experience.
Music begins to atrophy when it departs too far from the dance… poetry begins to atrophy when it gets too far from music.
He, however, who begins with Metaphysics, will not only become confused in matters of religion, but will fall into complete infidelity.
Let a man find himself, in distinction from others, on top of two wheels with a chain – at least in a poor country like Russia – and his vanity begins to swell out like his tires. In America it takes an automobile to produce this effect.