"We all write poems it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."John Fowles on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."John Fowles 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 Fowles on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."John Fowles on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."John Fowles on Robert Frost
"There are only two races on this planet - the intelligent and the stupid."
"In some mysterious way woods have never seemed to me to be static things. In physical terms, I move through them yet in metaphysical ones, they seem to move through me."