We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.
Your imagination is your preview to life’s coming attractions.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
How vain it is to sit down and write when you have not stood up to live.
No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.
It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.
Words are the thread on which we string our experiences.
Words are things; and a small drop of ink
Falling like dew upon a thought, produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.
I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.
There are two kinds of truth: the truth that lights the way and the truth that warms the heart. The first of these is science, and the second is art. Neither is independent of the other or more important than the other. Without art, science would be as useless as a pair of high forceps in the hands of a plumber. Without science, art would become a crude mess of folklore and emotional quackery. The truth of art keeps science from becoming inhuman, and the truth of science keeps art from becoming ridiculous.