"Naming a baby is an act of poetry, for many people the only creative moment of their lives."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Richard Eyre on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Richard Eyre 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."Richard Eyre on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Richard Eyre on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Richard Eyre on Robert Frost
"The principle of acting in good faith is at the heart of decent work."
"The arts are weapons of understanding and weapons of happiness."
"I envy the happiness of others... I envy the sense of belonging... I seem always to be remaking myself."
"I believe there is a relationship between having an interest in the arts and the behaviour of society as a whole. Some politicians find it difficult that the arts is a weapon of happiness... Politics is often about deprivation rather than the opening up of ideas and nourishing creative endeavour."
"A place makes a deep impression on you when you're young. It lives with you. It's like your childhood. It fertilises the imagination."