"When I arrived at Columbia, I gave up acting and became interested in all things French. French poetry, French history, French literature."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Joseph Gordon-Levitt 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."Joseph Gordon-Levitt on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Robert Frost
"If you're going to put yourself above everybody else, you might end up alone."
"Making checklists of things you're looking for in a person is the numero uno thing you can do to guarantee you'll be alone forever."
"While I'm not a celebrity, it's such a weird concept that society has cooked up for us. Astronauts and teachers are much more amazing than actors."
"To be honest, I sort of feel like 'movie actor' isn't of this time. I love it. But it's a 20th-century art form."
"Celebrity doesn't have anything to do with art or craft. It's about being rich and thinking that you're better than everybody else."