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Take care to sell your horse before he dies. The art of life is passing losses on.
– Robert Frost
A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.
Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.
My sorrow, when she’s here with me, thinks these dark days of autumn rain are beautiful as days can be; she loves the bare, the withered tree; she walks the sodden pasture lane.
Poetry is about the grief. Politics is about the grievance.
A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.
Two such as you with such a master speed, cannot be parted nor be swept away, from one another once you are agreed, that life is only life forevermore, together wing to wing and oar to oar.
I hold it to be the inalienable right of anybody to go to hell in his own way.
We love things we love what they are.
A mother takes twenty years to make a man of her boy, and another woman makes a fool of him in twenty minutes.
To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.
Humor is the most engaging cowardice.
Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down.
What we live by we die by.
Hell is a half-filled auditorium.
You don’t have to deserve your mother’s love. You have to deserve your father’s.
The only certain freedom’s in departure.
The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.
You can be a rank insider as well as a rank outsider.
Education is hanging around until you’ve caught on.
Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.
I had a lovers quarrel with the world.
A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.
Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.
The jury consist of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.
One aged man – one man – can’t fill a house.
Always fall in with what you’re asked to accept. Take what is given, and make it over your way. My aim in life has always been to hold my own with whatever’s going. Not against: with.
A poet never takes notes. You never take notes in a love affair.
Style is that which indicates how the writer takes himself and what he is saying. It is the mind skating circles around itself as it moves forward.
By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.