Even if the hopes you started out with are dashed hope has to be maintained.

Seamus Heaney Hope Quote

But that citizen’s perception was also at one with the truth in recognizing that the very brutality of the means by which the IRA were pursuing change was destructive of the trust upon which new possibilities would have to be based.

Seamus Heaney Trust Quote

At home in Ireland there’s a habit of avoidance an ironical attitude towards the authority figure.

Seamus Heaney Attitude Quote

As writers and readers as sinners and citizens our realism and our aesthetic sense make us wary of crediting the positive note.

Seamus Heaney Positive Quote

A public expectation it has to be said not of poetry as such but of political positions variously approvable by mutually disapproving groups.

I credit poetry for making this space-walk possible.

In fact in lyric poetry truthfulness becomes recognizable as a ring of truth within the medium itself.

Manifesting that order of poetry where we can at last grow up to that which we stored up as we grew.

Poetry is always slightly mysterious and you wonder what is your relationship to it.

The completely solitary self: that’s where poetry comes from and it gets isolated by crisis and those crises are often very intimate also.

The fact of the matter is that the most unexpected and miraculous thing in my life was the arrival in it of poetry itself – as a vocation and an elevation almost.

Seamus Heaney Poetry Quotes