Quotes

11 November 2014
Racism? But isn't it only a form of misanthropy?
11 November 2014
The poetic notion of infinity is far greater than that which is sponsored by any creed.
11 November 2014
After all, it is hard to master both life and work equally well. So if you are bound to fake one of them, it had better be life.
11 November 2014
For the poet the credo or doctrine is not the point of arrival but is, on the contrary, the point of departure for the metaphysical journey.
11 November 2014
The real history of consciousness starts with one's first lie.
11 November 2014
What should I say about life? That's it's long and abhors transparence.
11 November 2014
After having exhausted all the arguments on behalf of evil, one utters the creed's dictums with nostalgia rather than with fervor.
11 November 2014
Every writing career starts as a personal quest for sainthood, for self-betterment. Sooner or later, and as a rule quite soon, a man discovers that his pen accomplishes a lot more than his soul.
11 November 2014
Every individual ought to know at least one poet from cover to cover: if not as a guide through the world, then as a yardstick for the language.
11 November 2014
It would be enough for me to have the system of a jury of twelve versus the system of one judge as a basis for preferring the U.S. to the Soviet Union.... I would prefer the country you can leave to the country you cannot.

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