"I am two fools, I know, for loving, and for saying so in whining poetry."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."John Donne on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."John Donne 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."John Donne on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."John Donne on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."John Donne on Robert Frost
"God employs several translators some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness, some by war, some by justice."
"Death be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so. For, those, whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow. Die not, poor death, nor yet canst thou kill me."
"Art is the most passionate orgy within man's grasp."
"Love built on beauty, soon as beauty, dies."
"No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face."