"Freedom is poetry, taking liberties with words, breaking the rules of normal speech, violating common sense. Freedom is violence."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Norman O. Brown on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Norman O. Brown 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."Norman O. Brown on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Norman O. Brown on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Norman O. Brown on Robert Frost
"In its famous paradox, the equation of money and excrement, psychoanalysis becomes the first science to state what common sense and the poets have long known - that the essence of money is in its absolute worthlessness."