"Christmas is taken very seriously in this household. I believe in Father Christmas, and there's no way I'd do anything to undermine that belief."
"Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas."Carol Ann Duffy on Calvin Coolidge
"He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree."Carol Ann Duffy on Roy L. Smith
"The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live."Carol Ann Duffy on George Carlin
"Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn't come from a store."Carol Ann Duffy on Dr. Seuss
"A good conscience is a continual Christmas."Carol Ann Duffy on Benjamin Franklin
"The moment of inspiration can come from memory, or language, or the imagination, or experience - anything that makes an impression forcibly enough for language to form."
"I grew up in a bookless house - my parents didn't read poetry, so if I hadn't had the chance to experience it at school I'd never have experienced it. But I loved English, and I was very lucky in that I had inspirational English teachers, Miss Scriven and Mr. Walker, and they liked us to learn poems by heart, which I found I loved doing."
"If I felt, in the event of a royal wedding, inspired to write about people coming together in marriage or civil partnership, I would just be grateful to have an idea for the poem. And if I didn't, I'd ignore it."
"I still read Donne, particularly his love poems."
"I have piles of poetry books in the bathroom, on the stairs, everywhere. The only way to write poetry is to read it."