"I guess I wanted to leave America for awhile. It wasn't that I wanted to become an expatriate, or just never come back, I needed some breathing room. I'd already been translating French poetry, I'd been to Paris once before and liked it very much, and so I just went."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Paul Auster on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Paul Auster 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."Paul Auster on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Paul Auster on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Paul Auster on Robert Frost
"Everything can change at any moment, suddenly and forever."
"There's hope for everyone. That's what makes the world go round."
"All I wanted to do was write - at the time, poems, and prose, too. I guess my ambition was simply to make money however I could to keep myself going in some modest way, and I didn't need much, I was unmarried at the time, no children."
"I was always interested in French poetry sort of as a sideline to my own work, I was translating contemporary French poets. That kind of spilled out into translation as a way to earn money, pay for food and put bread on the table."