I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.

The poet is produced by the people because the people need him.

Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.

A society must assume that it is stable, but the artist must know and he must let us know , that there is nothing stable under heaven.

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.

One must say Yes to life, and embrace it wherever it is found -- and it is found in terrible places...For nothing is fixed, forever and forever, it is not fixed; the earth is always shifting, the light is always changing, the sea does not cease to grind down rock. Generations do not cease to be born, and we are responsible to them because we are the only witnesses they have. The sea rises, the light fails, lovers cling to each other, and children cling to us. The moment we cease to hold each other, the moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.

We’ve got to be as clear-headed about human beings as possible, because we are still each other’s only hope.