"Because people are very interested in my poetry, in what I say."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Compay Segundo on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Compay Segundo on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."Compay Segundo on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Compay Segundo on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Compay Segundo on Robert Frost
"Young people don't want to be second to anyone. Everyone wants to be an overnight star. Look how many years I had to wait, how many roads I had to travel, how many songs I had to sing. And now I'm just beginning, never ending."