If people would dare to speak to one another unreservedly, there would be a good deal less sorrow in the world a hundred years hence.
People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong. Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?
This question: ‘How do I deal with a bully without becoming a thug in return?’ has been with me ever since I was a child.
Certainly, it seems true enough that there’s a good deal of irony in the world… I mean, if you live in a world full of politicians and advertising, there’s obviously a lot of deception.
The word ‘yoga’ means skill – skill to live your life, to manage your mind, to deal with your emotions, to be with people, to be in love and not let that love turn into hatred.
An independent Scotland could be far more internationalist and would benefit a great deal from links to both Scandinavia and states in other continents.
At first I threw my weight upon my heels, as one does naturally in a boot, and was a good deal bruised, but after a few hours I learned the natural walk of man, and could follow my guide in any portion of the island.
You have to study a great deal to know a little.
I wanted to reimagine the role, in a way that was respectful of its traditional responsibilities but made them part of a wider pattern of poetry about national incidents, events, preoccupations; and to spend a great deal of time going to schools trying to demystify poetry.
I think most people read and re-read the things that they have liked. That’s certainly true in my case. I re-read Pound a great deal, I re-read Williams, I re-read Thomas, I re-read the people whom I cam to love when I was at what you might call a formative stage.