A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.
~W. H. Auden
We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry.
~William Butler Yeats
When I face the desolate impossibility of writing 500 pages, a sick sense of failure falls on me, and I know I can never do it. Then gradually, I write one page and then another. One day's works is all I can permit myself to contemplate.
"By far the greatest thing is to be a master of metaphor.
It is the one thing that cannot be learned from others.
It is a sign of genius, for a good metaphor implies an
intuitive perception of similarity among dissimilars."
Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.
If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.
Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
Never let anyone tell you that you’re not a writer. You might begin believing it, and if you believe it to be true, it will be.