"Certainly, it seems true enough that there's a good deal of irony in the world... I mean, if you live in a world full of politicians and advertising, there's obviously a lot of deception."
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."Kenneth Koch on Edmund Burke
"It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come."Kenneth Koch on Dalai Lama
"If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed."Kenneth Koch on Albert Einstein
"Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart."Kenneth Koch on Anne Frank
"When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion."Kenneth Koch on Abraham Lincoln
"As for political poetry, as it's usually defined, it seems there's very little good political poetry."
"I love painting and music, of course. I don't know nearly as much about them as I know about poetry. I've certainly been influenced by fiction. I was overwhelmed by War and Peace when I read it, and I didn't read it until I was in my late 20s."
"I was excited by what my painter friends were doing, and they seemed to be interested in our poetry too, and that was a wonderful little, fizzy sort of world."
"I wonder if I ever thought of an ideal reader... I guess when I was in my 20s and in New York and maybe even in my early 30s, I would write for my wife Janice... mainly for my poet friends and my wife, who was very smart about poetry."
"I was influenced by surrealist poetry and painting as were thousands of other people, and it seems to me to have become a part of the way I write, but it's not."