Poetry involves the mysteries of the irrational perceived through rational words.
My loathings are simple: stupidity oppression crime cruelty soft music.
Life is a great sunrise. I do not see why death should not be an even greater one.
It is hard I submit to loathe bloodshed including war more than I do but it is still harder to exceed my loathing of the very nature of totalitarian states in which massacre is only an administrative detail.
I confess I do not believe in time.
Genius is an African who dreams up snow.
Discussion in class which means letting twenty young blockheads and two cocky neurotics discuss something that neither their teacher nor they know.
A novelist is like all mortals more fully at home on the surface of the present than in the ooze of the past.
A work of art has no importance whatever to society. It is only important to the individual.
To play safe I prefer to accept only one type of power: the power of art over trash the triumph of magic over the brute.
A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist.
Imagination the supreme delight of the immortal and the immature should be limited. In order to enjoy life we should not enjoy it too much.