"Well you can't teach the poetry, but you can teach the craft."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."David Hockney on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."David Hockney 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."David Hockney on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."David Hockney on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."David Hockney on Robert Frost
"We live in an age where the artist is forgotten. He is a researcher. I see myself that way."
"In my old age, I'll be in L.A."
"The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you're an artist."
"Art has to move you and design does not, unless it's a good design for a bus."
"What an artist is trying to do for people is bring them closer to something, because of course art is about sharing. You wouldn't be an artist unless you wanted to share an experience, a thought."