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.
Wisdom consists in doing the next thing you have to do, doing it with your whole heart, and finding delight in doing it.
If you want to work on your art, work on your life.
In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.
If writers were good businessmen, they’d have too much sense to be writers.
It is as easy to dream a book as it is hard to write one.
You see things, and you say, “Why?” But I dream things that never were and say, “Why not?”
Wherever you are is always the right place. There is never a need to fix anything, to hitch up the bootstraps of the soul and start at some higher place. Start right where you are.
Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important.