He who says there is no such thing as an honest man, you may be sure is himself a knave.
I take my fundamental cue from John Coltrane that says there must be a priority of integrity, honesty, decency, and mastery of craft.
Britain is rich in radicalism, and anyone who says that our society has drifted into fatalism and apathy should get out more.
I don’t think you can define how you acquire your imagination any more than you can define why one person has a sense of humor and another doesn’t. But I certainly would lean to the side that says all those solitary hours of daydreaming were a kind of training for poetry.
International law says people fighting for self-determination can use force in order to achieve their independence.
Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word.
Few friendships would survive if each one knew what his friend says of him behind his back.
‘Know,’ says a wise writer, the historian of kings, ‘Know the men that are to be trusted’; but how is this to be? The possession of knowledge involves both time and opportunities. Neither of these are ‘handservants at command.’
In a manner of speaking, the poem is its own knower, neither poet nor reader knowing anything that the poem says apart from the words of the poem.
We know the particular poem, not what it says that we can restate.