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No poet can know what his poem is going to be like until he has written it.

The Dyer's Hand
A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.

The Complete Works of W.H. Auden
All great poets become naturally, fatally, critics
The poet ranks far below the painter in the representation of visible things, and far below the musician in that of invisible things
A poet more than thirty years old is simply an overgrown child
Everywhere I go I find that a poet has been there before me
The works of the great poets have never yet been read by mankind, for only great poets can read them
The poet is a man who lives at last by watching his moods. An old poet comes at last to watch his moods as narrowly as a cat does a mouse
�Therefore� is a word the poet must not know
The worst tragedy for a poet is to be admired through being misunderstood
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."