"It is the timber of poetry that wears most surely, and there is no timber that has not strong roots among the clay and worms."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."John Millington Synge on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."John Millington Synge 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 Millington Synge on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."John Millington Synge on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."John Millington Synge on Robert Frost
"Every article on these islands has an almost personal character, which gives this simple life, where all art is unknown, something of the artistic beauty of medieval life."
"The general knowledge of time on the island depends, curiously enough, on the direction of the wind."
"There is no language like the Irish for soothing and quieting."