"There are certain things in which mediocrity is not to be endured, such as poetry, music, painting, public speaking."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Jean de la Bruyere on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Jean de la Bruyere 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."Jean de la Bruyere on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Jean de la Bruyere on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Jean de la Bruyere on Robert Frost
"They that have lived a single day have lived an age."
"All men's misfortunes spring from their hatred of being alone."
"All of our unhappiness comes from our inability to be alone."
"We perceive when love begins and when it declines by our embarrassment when alone together."
"At the beginning and at the end of love, the two lovers are embarrassed to find themselves alone."