"Poetry fettered, fetters the human race. Nations are destroyed or flourish in proportion as their poetry, painting, and music are destroyed or flourish."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."William Blake on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."William Blake 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."William Blake on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."William Blake on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."William Blake on Robert Frost
"Man has no Body distinct from his Soul for that called Body is a portion of Soul discerned by the five Senses, the chief inlets of Soul in this age."
"He who would do good to another must do it in Minute Particulars: general Good is the plea of the scoundrel, hypocrite, and flatterer, for Art and Science cannot exist but in minutely organized Particulars."
"Art can never exist without naked beauty displayed."
"Art is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death."
"The foundation of empire is art and science. Remove them or degrade them, and the empire is no more. Empire follows art and not vice versa as Englishmen suppose."