"Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Don Marquis on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Don Marquis 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."Don Marquis on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Don Marquis on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Don Marquis on Robert Frost
"Age is not a particularly interesting subject. Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough."
"Middle age is the time when a man is always thinking that in a week or two he will feel as good as ever."
"Of middle age the best that can be said is that a middle-aged person has likely learned how to have a little fun in spite of his troubles."
"Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday."
"Punctuality is one of the cardinal business virtues: always insist on it in your subordinates."