''Nine-tenths of English poetic literature is the result either of vulgar careerism or of a poet trying to keep his hand in. Most poets are dead by their late twenties.''
''What we now call "finance" is, I hold, an intellectual perversion of what began as warm human love.''
''The remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he is really very good—in spite of all the people who say he is very good.''
''The award of a pure gold medal for poetry would flatter the recipient unduly: no poem ever attains such carat purity.''
''Anthropologists are a connecting link between poets and scientists; though their field-work among primitive peoples has often made them forget the language of science.''
''To be a poet is a condition rather than a profession.''
''If there's no money in poetry, neither is there poetry in money.''