"Religion is the sole technique for the validating of values."
"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple the philosophy is kindness."Allen Tate on Dalai Lama
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."Allen Tate on Mahatma Gandhi
"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."Allen Tate on C. S. Lewis
"Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither."Allen Tate on C. S. Lewis
"I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is."Allen Tate on Albert Camus
"I am not ridiculing verbal mechanisms, dreams, or repressions as origins of poetry all three of them and more besides may have a great deal to do with it."
"Dramatic experience is not logical it may be subdued to the kind of coherence that we indicate when we speak, in criticism, of form."
"So the poet, who wants to be something that he cannot be, and is a failure in plain life, makes up fictitious versions of his predicament that are interesting even to other persons because nobody is a perfect automobile salesman."
"There is probably nothing wrong with art for art's sake if we take the phrase seriously, and not take it to mean the kind of poetry written in England forty years ago."
"Serious poetry deals with the fundamental conflicts that cannot be logically resolved: we can state the conflicts rationally, but reason does not relieve us of them."