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Prose books are the show dogs I breed and sell to support my cat.
– Robert Graves
Anthropologists are a connecting link between poets and scientists; though their field-work among primitive peoples has often made them forget the language of science.
If there’s no money in poetry, neither is there poetry in money.
Never use the word ‘audience.’ The very idea of a public, unless the poet is writing for money, seems wrong to me. Poets don’t have an ‘audience’. They’re talking to a single person all the time.
A well chosen anthology is a complete dispensary of medicine for the more common mental disorders, and may be used as much for prevention as cure.
In love as in sport, the amateur status must be strictly maintained.
If I were a girl, I’d despair. The supply of good women far exceeds that of the men who deserve them.
Marriage, like money, is still with us; and, like money, progressively devalued.
One gets to the heart of the matter by a series of experiences in the same pattern, but in different colors.
Genius not only diagnoses the situation but supplies the answers.
To be a poet is a condition rather than a profession.
The remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he is really very good, in spite of all the people who say he is very good.
What we now call ‘finance’ is, I hold, an intellectual perversion of what began as warm human love.
There’s no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money, either.