"I believe that the short story is as different a form from the novel as poetry is, and the best stories seem to me to be perhaps closer in spirit to poetry than to novels."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Tobias Wolff on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Tobias Wolff 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."Tobias Wolff on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Tobias Wolff on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Tobias Wolff on Robert Frost
"Memory is funny. Once you hit a vein the problem is not how to remember but how to control the flow."
"I teach one semester a year, and this year I'm just teaching one course during that semester, a writing workshop for older students in their late 20s and early 30s, people in our graduate program who are already working on a manuscript and trying to bring it to completion."