The clergy earns its living from religion. If your interests are secured through religion, then you will defend your interests first, and religion will become secondary.
Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God’s grandchild.
It would be suicide in the American academy to show too early an interest beyond your doctoral specialization: charges of everything from charlatanry to ambition would be levied and tenure denied. I’ve seen this first-hand.
Poetry is always slightly mysterious, and you wonder what is your relationship to it.
Only by learning to live in harmony with your contradictions can you keep it all afloat.
If you have fear, you are bound by tradition, you follow some leader or guru. When you are bound by tradition, when you are afraid of your husband or your wife, you lose your dignity as an individual human being.
Luck affects everything. Let your hook always be cast; in the stream where you least expect it there will be a fish.
The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.
Never work just for money or for power. They won’t save your soul or help you sleep at night.
If I do a poetry reading I want people to walk out and say they feel better for having been there – not because you’ve done a comedy performance but because you’re talking about your father dying or having young children, things that touch your soul.