"It's very hard to write humor."
"A joke is a very serious thing."Mark Strand on Winston Churchill
"Humor is mankind's greatest blessing."Mark Strand on Mark Twain
"Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing."Mark Strand on William James
"If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide."Mark Strand on Mahatma Gandhi
"A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It's jolted by every pebble on the road."Mark Strand on Henry Ward Beecher
"The future is always beginning now."
"Usually a life turned into a poem is misrepresented."
"Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally, in the end, pleasure."
"Poetry is, first and last, language - the rest is filler."
"Poetry is something that happens in universities, in creative writing programs or in English departments."