Poetry which owes no man anything, owes nevertheless one debt - an image of the world in which men can again believe.
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A man who lives, not by what he loves but what he hates, is a sick man.
There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience and that is not learning from experience.
Once you permit those who are convinced of their own superior rightness to censor and silence and suppress those who hold contrary opinions, just at that moment the citadel has been surrendered.
The only thing about a man that is a man . . . is his mind. Everything else you can find in a pig or a horse.
The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself.
There is no dusk to be, There is no dawn that was, Only there's now, and now, And the wind in the grass.
A poem should not mean but be.
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