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Born: 1940-05-24
Profession: Poet
Nation: American
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Cherish your human connections: your relationships with friends and family.

Tags: Family, Friendship, Human

Bad literature is a form of treason.

Tags: Bad, Literature, Treason

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.

Tags: Fake, Life, Work

I do not believe in political movements. I believe in personal movement, that movement of the soul when a man who looks at himself is so ashamed that he tries to make some sort of change - within himself, not on the outside.

Tags: Change, Political, Soul

Snobbery? But it's only a form of despair.

Tags: Despair, Snobbery

Man is what he reads.

Tags: Education, Reads

How delightful to find a friend in everyone.

Tags: Delightful, Everyone, Friend

For boredom speaks the language of time, and it is to teach you the most valuable lesson of your life - the lesson of your utter insignificance.

Tags: Boredom, Life, Time

Life is a game with many rules but no referee. One learns how to play it more by watching it than by consulting any book, including the holy book. Small wonder, then, that so many play dirty, that so few win, that so many lose.

Tags: Book, Game, Life

It is well to read everything of something, and something of everything.

Tags: Education, Read

A language is a more ancient and inevitable thing than any state.

Tags: Inevitable, Language, State

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.

Tags: Individual, Language, Poet

Life - the way it really is - is a battle not between Bad and Good but between Bad and Worse.

Tags: Bad, Good, Life

Who included me among the ranks of the human race?

Tags: Among, Human, Race

For a writer only one form of patriotism exists: his attitude toward language.

Tags: Attitude, Communication, Patriotism

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.

Tags: Journey, Poet, Point

Poetry is rather an approach to things, to life, than it is typographical production.

Tags: Life, Poetry, Rather

The poetic notion of infinity is far greater than that which is sponsored by any creed.

Tags: Far, Greater, Infinity

The real history of consciousness starts with one's first lie.

Tags: History, Lie, Real

This is the generation whose first cry of life was the Hungarian uprising.

Tags: Cry, Generation, Life

What I like about cities is that everything is king size, the beauty and the ugliness.

Tags: Beauty, King, Size

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.

Tags: Country, Enough, Judge