"Art works because it appeals to certain faculties of the mind. Music depends on details of the auditory system, painting and sculpture on the visual system. Poetry and literature depend on language."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Steven Pinker on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Steven Pinker 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."Steven Pinker on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Steven Pinker on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Steven Pinker on Robert Frost
"As many political writers have pointed out, commitment to political equality is not an empirical claim that people are clones."
"There has to be innate circuitry that does the learning, that creates the culture, that acquires the culture, and that responds to socialization."
"Many artists and scholars have pointed out that ultimately art depends on human nature."
"By exploring the political and moral colorings of discoveries about what makes us tick, we can have a more honest science and a less fearful intellectual milieu."