Nothing recedes like progress.
— e. e. cummings
I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing than teach 10,000 stars how not to dance.
Listen; there's a hell of a good universe next door: let's go.
To destroy is always the first step in any creation.
Unbeing dead isn't being alive.
A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long.
At least the Pilgrim Fathers used to shoot Indians: the Pilgrim Children merely punch time clocks.
Private property began the instant somebody had a mind of his own.
I imagine that yes is the only living thing.
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
If a poet is anybody, he is somebody to whom things made matter very little - somebody who is obsessed by Making.
A politician is an arse upon which everyone has sat except a man.
Unless you love someone, nothing else makes any sense.
I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance.
To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else - means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
Knowledge is a polite word for dead but not buried imagination.
It takes three to make a child.
Be of love a little more careful than of anything.
Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.
To like an individual because he's black is just as insulting as to dislike him because he isn't white.
Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question.
Kisses are a better fate than wisdom.
I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.
I like my body when it is with your body. It is so quite new a thing. Muscles better and nerves more.
Humanity I love you because when you're hard up you pawn your intelligence to buy a drink.
America makes prodigious mistakes, America has colossal faults, but one thing cannot be denied: America is always on the move. She may be going to Hell, of course, but at least she isn't standing still.
The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.
It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.