"I'm very gregarious, but I love being in the hills on my own."
"Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises."Norman MacCaig on Pedro Calderon de la Barca
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."Norman MacCaig on Anais Nin
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."Norman MacCaig on Albert Einstein
"I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes."Norman MacCaig on e. e. cummings
"All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind."Norman MacCaig on Abraham Lincoln
"All those authors there, most of whom of course I've never met. That's the poetry side, that's the prose side, that's the fishing and miscellaneous behind me. You get an affection for books that you've enjoyed."
"And if they haven't got poetry in them, there's nothing you can do that will produce it."
"And the second question, can poetry be taught? I didn't think so."
"However, I learned something. I thought that if the young person, the student, has poetry in him or her, to offer them help is like offering a propeller to a bird."
"I never think about poetry except when I'm writing it. I mean my poetry."