Miscellany: Favorite Quotations on Poetry, Literature, and Writing

Robert Frost Poetry is what gets lost in translation.
Robert Frost The poet, as everyone knows, must strike his individual note sometime between the ages of fifteen and twenty-five. He may hold it a long time, or a short time, but it is then that he must strike it or never. School and college have been conducted with the almost express purpose of keeping him busy with something else till the danger of his ever creating anything is past.
John Keats The poetry of the earth is never dead.
Yoon Ha Lee Memory, meet sieve. Sieve, meet memory.
W. Somerset Maugham There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
Edgar Allan Poe Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.
Philip Roth The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.
Emily Short French novels seem to be about money and adultery and money as a cause of adultery. Russian novels are about money and adultery and war and philosophy and winter and good god there are 2000 more pages.
Paul Valery A poem is never finished, only abandoned.