"I wrote things for the school's newspaper, and - like all teenagers - I dabbled in poetry."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Stephen Colbert on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Stephen Colbert 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."Stephen Colbert on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Stephen Colbert on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Stephen Colbert on Robert Frost
"I just think Rosa Parks was overrated. Last time I checked, she got famous for breaking the law."
"I used to make up stuff in my bio all the time, that I used to be a professional ice-skater and stuff like that. I found it so inspirational. Why not make myself cooler than I am?"
"No, my mom kind of led me toward acting. She wanted to be an actress when she was younger. That made me interested in it when I was a kid, because she and I are very close."
"I used to write things for friends. There was this girl I had a crush on, and she had a teacher she didn't like at school. I had a real crush on her, so almost every day I would write her a little short story where she would kill him in a different way."
"In order to maintain an untenable position, you have to be actively ignorant. One motto on the show is, 'Keep your facts, I'm going with the truth.'"