"No, what I should really like to do right now, in the full blaze of lights, before this illustrious assembly, is to shower every one of you with gifts, with flowers, with offerings of poetry - to be young once more, to ride on the crest of the wave."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Knut Hamsun on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Knut Hamsun 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."Knut Hamsun on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Knut Hamsun on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Knut Hamsun on Robert Frost
"In old age we are like a batch of letters that someone has sent. We are no longer in the past, we have arrived."
"There is nothing like being left alone again, to walk peacefully with oneself in the woods. To boil one's coffee and fill one's pipe, and to think idly and slowly as one does it."
"You are welcome to your intellectual pastimes and books and art and newspapers welcome, too, to your bars and your whisky that only makes me ill. Here am I in the forest, quite content."
"I have had much to learn from Sweden's poetry and, more especially, from her lyrics of the last generation."
"However, I must not indulge in homespun wisdom here before so distinguished an assembly, especially as I am to be followed by a representative of science."