For all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, ‘It might have been’.
Words are as strong and powerful as bombs, as napalm.
The genius of democracies is seen not only in the great number of new words introduced but even more in the new ideas they express.
If you would be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams – the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.
The deeper the experience of an absence of meaning – in other words, of absurdity – the more energetically meaning is sought.
Poetry: the best words in the best order.
The surest method of being incomprehensible or, moreover, to be misunderstood is to use words in their original sense; especially words from the ancient languages.
The water in a vessel is sparkling; the water in the sea is dark. The small truth has words which are clear; the great truth has great silence.
In a poem, the words happen; they just come. I let them. Otherwise, I wouldn’t write. To interfere with what is happening is to distort the poem. Just a very small degree of intelligence and supervision is necessary. Very tactful. Any revision later that violates the text as it came, that begins rewriting the words, is fake.
In other words, a democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.