"Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."William Wordsworth on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."William Wordsworth 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 Wordsworth on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."William Wordsworth on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."William Wordsworth on Robert Frost
"The mind that is wise mourns less for what age takes away than what it leaves behind."
"But an old age serene and bright, and lovely as a Lapland night, shall lead thee to thy grave."
"Pictures deface walls more often than they decorate them."
"The human mind is capable of excitement without the application of gross and violent stimulants and he must have a very faint perception of its beauty and dignity who does not know this."
"That best portion of a man's life, his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love."