"There is a wonderful Hungarian literature, especially in lyric poetry."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Gyorgy Ligeti on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Gyorgy Ligeti 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."Gyorgy Ligeti on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Gyorgy Ligeti on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Gyorgy Ligeti on Robert Frost
"Then, after the war it was impossible to travel, after so many years of Hitler and Stalin."