No man could have accepted me because I am too rebellious. It would have been catastrophe. I am too into my own thing.
Not every difficult and dangerous thing is suitable for training, but only that which is conducive to success in achieving the object of our effort.
The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That’s what poetry does.
Having a child is sowing the seeds of your own obsolescence: birth is the fuse that leads to that other thing. You appear, you replace yourself, you die.
What an uncertain thing, marriage – what an elusive thing, happiness!
The worst thing about war was the sitting around and wondering what you were doing morally.
I think the biggest thing that I have to do is to remind people that poetry is there for us to turn to not only to remind us that we’re not alone – for example, if we are grieving the loss of someone – but also to help us celebrate our joys. That’s why so many people I know who’ve gotten married will have a poem read at the wedding.
Inconsistency is the only thing in which men are consistent.
There is no such thing as pure pleasure; some anxiety always goes with it.