"The cliche is dead poetry."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Gerald Brenan on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Gerald Brenan 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."Gerald Brenan on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Gerald Brenan on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Gerald Brenan on Robert Frost
"In a happy marriage it is the wife who provides the climate, the husband the landscape."
"Wisdom is keeping a sense of fallibility of all our views and opinions."