It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.
Auden said poetry makes nothing happen. But I wonder if the opposite could be true. It could make something happen.
I’ve said what I’m prepared to say in my poems, and then journalists think that you’re going to tell them a whole lot more.
It cannot be said that the Constitution formed ‘the people of the United States,’ for all time, into a corporation. It does not speak of ‘the people’ as a corporation, but as individuals. A corporation does not describe itself as ‘we,’ nor as ‘people,’ nor as ‘ourselves.’ Nor does a corporation, in legal language, have any ‘posterity.’
Robert Frost had always said you mustn’t think of the last line first, or it’s only a fake poem, not a real one. I’m inclined to agree.
The judge said I was a menace to society because I had put crime on a scientific basis.
I held a conference in Harvard where Americans said they didn’t believe in risk. They thought it was just European hysteria. Then the terrorist attacks happened and there was a complete conversion. Suddenly terrorism was the central risk.
Everything has been said, and we are more than seven thousand years of human thought too late.
I don’t have a child, so Women for Women is like my child. But I always said I would step down after 20 years. I didn’t want to be a 60-year-old woman holding on to something I created when I was 23.
One said of suicide, As long as one has brains one should not blow them out. And another answered, But when one has ceased to have them, too often one cannot.