“Americans of all ages, all stations of life, and all types of disposition are forever forming associations... In democratic countries knowledge of how to combine is the mother of all other forms of knowledge; on its progress depends that of all the others.”
―Alexis de Tocqueville
Book Two, Chapter V - Democracy in America, Volume II (1840)
“My head is bursting
with the joy of the unknown.
My heart is expanding a thousand fold.
flies about the world.
All seek separately
the many faces of my Beloved.”
Hush Don't Say Anything to God (1999)
“Tonight I can write the saddest lines. Write, for example, 'The night is starry and the stars are blue and shiver in the distance.' The night wind revolves in the sky and sings. Tonight I can write the saddest lines. I love her, and sometimes she loved me too.”
Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair ‘‘Poem 20’’ l. 1 (1924) (translation by W. S. Merwin)
“Poetry and imagination begin life. A child will fall on its knees on the gravel walk at the sight of a pink hawthorn in full flower, when it is by itself, to praise God for it.”
“Do you really think, Arthur, that it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations that it requires strength, strength and courage, to yield to.”
Sir Robert Chiltern, Act III - An Ideal Husband (1895)