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Playwriting gets into your blood and you can't stop it. At least not until the producers or the public tell you to.
 

Poetry is a mug's game.
[Poets And Poetry]
 

Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.
[Poetry]
 

Poetry may make us from time to time a little more aware of the deeper, unnamed feelings which form the substratum of our being, to which we rarely penetrate; for our lives are mostly a constant evasion of ourselves.
[Being]
 

Poetry should help, not only to refine the language of the time, but to prevent it from changing too rapidly.
 

Should I, after tea and cakes and ices, have the strength to force the moment to its crisis?
[Courage]
 

So the lover must struggle for words.
 

Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.
 

Success is relative: It is what we can make of the mess we have made of things.
[Success]
 

Television is a medium of entertainment which permits millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time, and yet remain lonesome.
[Television]
 

The bad poet is usually unconscious where he ought to be conscious, and conscious where he ought to be unconscious. Both errors tend to make him "personal." Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.
 

The best of a bad job is all any of us make of it - except of course the saints.
 

The business of the poet is not to find new emotions, but to use the ordinary ones and, in working them up into poetry, to express feelings which are not in actual emotions at all.
 

The communication of the dead is tongued with fire beyond the language of the living.
 

The difference between being an elder statesman And posing successfully as an elder statesman Is practically negligible.
 

The historical sense involves a perception, not only of the pastness of the past, but of its presence.
 

The last temptation is the greatest treason: to do the right deed for the wrong reason.
 

The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first.
 

The most important thing for poets to do is to write as little as possible.
 

The Nobel is a ticket to one's own funeral. No one has ever done anything after he got it.
 


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