"It is a happy thing that there is no royal road to poetry. The world should know by this time that one cannot reach Parnassus except by flying thither."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Gerard Manley Hopkins on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Gerard Manley Hopkins 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."Gerard Manley Hopkins on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Gerard Manley Hopkins on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Gerard Manley Hopkins on Robert Frost
"Beauty is a relation, and the apprehension of it a comparison."
"Nothing is so beautiful as spring - when weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush Thrush's eggs look little low heavens, and thrush through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring the ear, it strikes like lightning to hear him sing."