"The future is always beginning now."
"The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."Mark Strand on Winston Churchill
"Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future."Mark Strand on Oscar Wilde
"Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."Mark Strand on Steve Jobs
"I never think of the future - it comes soon enough."Mark Strand on Albert Einstein
"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves."Mark Strand on William Shakespeare
"It's very hard to write humor."
"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."