"In Australia, not reading poetry is the national pastime."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Phyllis McGinley on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Phyllis McGinley 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."Phyllis McGinley on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Phyllis McGinley on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Phyllis McGinley on Robert Frost
"Sisters are always drying their hair. Locked into rooms, alone, they pose at the mirror, shoulders bare, trying this way and that their hair, or fly importunate down the stair to answer the telephone."
"Getting along with men isn't what's truly important. The vital knowledge is how to get along with a man, one man."
"Marriage was all a woman's idea and for man's acceptance of the pretty yoke, it becomes us to be grateful."
"Of one thing I am certain, the body is not the measure of healing, peace is the measure."
"Nothing fails like success nothing is so defeated as yesterday's triumphant Cause."