"Poetry is the work of poets, not of peoples or communities artistic creation can never be anything but the production of an individual mind."
"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."Lascelles Abercrombie on Confucius
"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence."Lascelles Abercrombie on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."Lascelles Abercrombie on Thomas A. Edison
"By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day."Lascelles Abercrombie on Robert Frost
"Nothing will work unless you do."Lascelles Abercrombie on Maya Angelou
"The Border Ballads, for instance, and the Robin Hood Ballads, clearly suppose a state of society which is nothing but a very circumscribed and not very important heroic age."
"The balance of private good and general welfare is at the bottom of civilized morals but the morals of the Heroic Age are founded on individuality, and on nothing else."
"The reason can only be this: heroic poetry depends on an heroic age, and an age is heroic because of what it is, not because of what it does."
"Epic poetry exhibits life in some great symbolic attitude. It cannot strictly be said to symbolize life itself, but always some manner of life."
"But the gravest difficulty, and perhaps the most important, in poetry meant solely for recitation, is the difficulty of achieving verbal beauty, or rather of making verbal beauty tell."