"The poet does not fear death, not because he believes in the fantasy of heroes, but because death constantly visits his thoughts and is thus an image of a serene dialogue."
"As the poet has expected, the alarms now are sounded, for - and it must be said again - the birth of a poet is always a threat to the existing cultural order, because he attempts to break through the circle of literary castes to reach the center."
"The poet's spoken discourse often depends on a mystique, on the spiritual freedom that finds itself enslaved on earth."
"I saw at once that I had only to rise in my machine, fix my eyes upon the castle, fly over it and speed directly across to the French coast. It seemed so easy that it looked like a cross-country flight. I am glad I thought so and felt so."
"People always blame the girl; she should have said no. A monosyllable, but conventional wisdom has always been that boys can't manage it."
"A finished person is a boring person."
"Look around at the azaleas making fuchsia star bursts in spring; look at a full moon hanging silver in a black sky on a cold night. And realize that life is glorious, and that you have no business taking it for granted."
"If an opportunity scares you, that's God's way of saying you should jump at it."
"If you want to write what the world is about, you have to write details...real life is in the dishes. Real life is pushing strollers up the street, folding T-shirts, the alarm clock going off early and you dropping into bed exhausted every night. That's real life."
"And sometimes you do everything right and something bad just happens. It's as simple, and as scary, as that."
"If you ever utter the words, 'We've always done it that way,' I urge you to wash out your mouth with soap."
"Thirteen, 13 children, and I love - I love them all. And I think I've been a good father to all of them."