"I always tell the truth. Even when I lie."
"No one I have ever heard of has ever died in the middle of writing a poem, just as birds never die in mid-flight."
"What we call chaos are patterns we haven't recognized. What we can’t understand we call nonsense. What we call random are just patterns we can’t decipher. What we can’t decipher we call gibberish."
"The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection."
"An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot."
"I remember talking with a friend who has worked for many years at the catholic worker, a ministry to the poor in New York City. Daily she tries to respond to waves of human misery that are as ceaseless as surf in that community. Out of my deep not-knowing, I asked her how she could keep doing a work that never showed any results, work in which the problem keep getting worse instead of better. I will never forget her enigmatic answer. "The thing you don't understand, Parker, is that just because something is impossible doesn't mean you shouldn't do it.""
"I don't want to be a tree; I want to be its meaning."
"Those who can laugh without cause have either found the true meaning of happiness or have gone stark raving mad."
"Whenever a song is born and wherever it is sung, it belongs to everyone. That, really, is the reason why music exists: so that it cannot be fenced in by frontiers."
"I don’t care what is written about me so long as it isn’t true."
"Of course I talk to myself. I like a good speaker, and I appreciate an intelligent audience."
"If you don't have anything nice to say, come sit by me."