"I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Socrates on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Socrates 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."Socrates on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Socrates on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Socrates on Robert Frost
"Be slow to fall into friendship but when thou art in, continue firm and constant."
"Beauty is a short-lived tyranny."
"Beauty is the bait which with delight allures man to enlarge his kind."
"Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us."
"He is a man of courage who does not run away, but remains at his post and fights against the enemy."