"The self is an oral society in which the present is constantly running a dialogue with the past and the future inside of one skin."
"The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."David Antin on Winston Churchill
"Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future."David Antin on Oscar Wilde
"Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."David Antin on Steve Jobs
"I never think of the future - it comes soon enough."David Antin on Albert Einstein
"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves."David Antin on William Shakespeare
"When you grow up in a family of languages, you develop a kind of casual fluency, so that languages, though differently colored, all seem transparent to experience."
"While I've had a great distaste for what's usually called song in modern poetry or for what's usually called music, I really don't think of speech as so far from song."
"I hardly remember how I started to write poetry. It's hard to imagine what I thought poetry could do."