It is the role of the poet to look at what is happening in the world and to know that quite other things are happening.

The laboring poor, to use a vulgar expression, seem always to live from hand to mouth. Their present wants employ their whole attention, and they seldom think of the future. Even when they have an opportunity of saving they seldom exercise it, but all that is beyond their present neccessities goes, generally speaking, to the ale house.

Condemn the fault, and not the actor of it? Why, every fault's condemned ere it be done: Mine were the very cipher of a function, To fine the faults whose fine stands in record, And let go by the actor. Measure for Measure. Act ii. Sc. 2.

This is rather as if you imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, 'This is an interesting world I find myself in — an interesting hole I find myself in — fits me rather neatly, doesn't it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!' This is such a powerful idea that as the sun rises in the sky and the air heats up and as, gradually, the puddle gets smaller and smaller, frantically hanging on to the notion that everything's going to be alright, because this world was meant to have him in it, was built to have him in it; so the moment he disappears catches him rather by surprise. I think this may be something we need to be on the watch out for.

We must learn how to explode! Any disease is healthier than the one provoked by a hoarded rage.

Never underestimate what it takes to watch someone you love in pain.

For with slight efforts how should we obtain great results? It is foolish even to desire it.

When one receives the generosity of the gods, do not need it to friends, as sufficient for divine help, if God willing!

To speak of them out loud, to speak of their hunger and pain and loneliness and humor, to make them visible so that cannot be ravaged in the dark without great consequence.

Historians today are priests of a cult of truth, called to the service of a god whose existence they are doomed to doubt.