"The poem is sad because it wants to be yours, and cannot be."
"When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight."John Ashbery on Khalil Gibran
"Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad."John Ashbery on Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"I seldom think about my limitations, and they never make me sad. Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers."John Ashbery on Helen Keller
"If my world were to cave in tomorrow, I would look back on all the pleasures, excitements and worthwhilenesses I have been lucky enough to have had. Not the sadness, not my miscarriages or my father leaving home, but the joy of everything else. It will have been enough."John Ashbery on Audrey Hepburn
"Sadness is but a wall between two gardens."John Ashbery on Khalil Gibran
"There is the view that poetry should improve your life. I think people confuse it with the Salvation Army."
"I don't look on poetry as closed works. I feel they're going on all the time in my head and I occasionally snip off a length."