"A lot of the fun lies in trying to penetrate the mystery and this is best done by saying over the lines to yourself again and again, till they pass through the stage of sounding like nonsense, and finally return to a full sense that had at first escaped notice."
"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."Anthony Hecht on John Wooden
"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny."Anthony Hecht on Thomas Jefferson
"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing."Anthony Hecht on Theodore Roosevelt
"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."Anthony Hecht on e. e. cummings
"In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher."Anthony Hecht on Dalai Lama
"Poetry operates by hints and dark suggestions. It is full of secrets and hidden formulae, like a witch's brew."
"There's not a good poet I know who has not at the beck and call of his memory a vast quantity of poetry that composes his mental library."