Speech isn’t for agony.
I always say that one’s poetry is a solace to oneself and a nuisance to one’s friends.
It took most people a lifetime to join the human race.
What I have written-and how I came to write it-is most powerfully what I am.
Diplomacy is what is practiced after-the-fact. Never be too right too soon — as any smart Uncle will tell you. The man who guesses what will happen will be blamed for it. No one will believe he has merely guessed.
I don’t suppose there’s really any critic except posterity.
Decades go faster toward the end of a century.
‘Ms.’ is a syllable which sounds like a bumble bee is breaking wind.
But memory, after a time, dispenses its own emphasis, making a feuilleton of what we once thought most ponderable, laying its wreath on what we never thought to recall.
When anything gets freed, a zest goes round the world.
But the trek that starts with the feet always rises in time to the head. There had never been any of mankind’s that didn’t.
It has always seemed to me that if you could talk about your work in fully-formed phrases, you wouldn’t write it. The writing is the statement, you see, and it seems to me that the poem or the story or the novel you write is the kind of metaphor you cast on life.