He who doesn’t fear death dies only once.
Call no man happy till he is dead.
Since the day of my birth, my death began its walk. It is walking toward me, without hurrying.
Some men are alive simply because it is against the law to kill them.
Edward W. Howe
Some people are so afraid do die that they never begin to live.
Henry Van Dyke
The poem is the point at which our strength gave out.
The poet doesn't invent. He listens.
The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.
The poet may be used as a barometer, but let us not forget that he is also part of the weather.
The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.
Robert Penn Warren
A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.
A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.
All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.
Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.
Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry.
Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.
Each memorable verse of a true poet has two or three times the written content.
Alfred de Musset
Each word bears its weight, so you have to read my poems quite slowly.
Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out... Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.
A. E. Housman
Just watching my cats can make me happy.
I live alone, with cats, books, pictures, fresh vegetables to cook, the garden, the hens to feed.
I looked up my family tree and found three dogs using it.
I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.
Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.