Rock & roll doesn't necessarily mean a band. It doesn't mean a singer, and it doesn't mean a lyric, really.... It's that question of trying to be immortal.
(Malcolm McLaren (b. 1946), British rock impresario. transcript of discussion, Sept. 24, 1988, New York City. "Punk and History," Discourses: Conversations in Postmodern Art and Culture, eds. Russell Ferguson et al. (1990).)
Poets should be lawgivers; that is, the boldest lyric inspiration should not chide and insult, but should announce and lead, the civil code, and the day's work. But now the two things seem irreconcilably parted.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Prudence," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).)