"The handsomest young man in England" - Description of Rupert Brooke
"Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people."
"The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity"
- Yeats on poets
"The poet is a good citizen turned inside out."
"When I think of all the books I have read, and of the wise words I have heard spoken, and of the anxiety I have given to parents and grandparents, and of the hopes that I have had, all life weighed in the scales of my own life seems to me preparation for something that never happens."
- Autobiography, 1938
"It's not a writer's business to hold opinions."
- Speaking to playwright, Denis Johnston
"He is all blood, dirt and sucked sugar stick."
- Referring to Wilfred Owen from Letters on Poetry to Dorothy Wellesley
" That William Blake Who beat upon the wall Till Truth obeyed his call."