The law cannot forgive, for the law has not been wronged, only broken; only persons can be wronged. The law can pardon, but it can only pardon what it has the power to punish.
The surest sign that a man has a genuine taste of his own is that he is uncertain of it.
A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.
Young people, who are still uncertain of their identity, often try on a succession of masks in the hope of finding the one which suits them the one, in fact, which is not a mask.
The basic stimulus to the intelligence is doubt, a feeling that the meaning of an experience is not self-evident.
Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.
I am beginning to lose patienceWith my personal relations.They are not deepAnd they are not cheap.
All sin tends to be addictive, and the terminal point of addiction is what is called damnation.
The class distinctions proper to a democratic society are not those of rank or money, still less, as is apt to happen when these are abandoned, of race, but of age
Death is the sound of distant thunder at a picnic.
Minus times minus equals plus, The reason for this we need not discuss.
We are all on earth to help others. What on earth the others are here for, I can't imagine.
I don't think the mystical experience can be verbalized. When the ego disappears, so does power over language.
I never write when I'm drunk. Why should one need aids? The Muse is a high-spirited girl who doesn't like to be brutally or coarsely wooed. And she doesn't like slavish devotion then she lies.
It's frightfully important for a writer to be his age, not to be younger or older than he is. One might ask, "What should I write at the age of sixty-four," but never, "What should I write in 1940."