All great art is born of the metropolis.
A great age of literature is perhaps always a great age of translations.
And New York is the most beautiful city in the world? It is not far from it. No urban night is like the night there... Squares after squares of flame, set up and cut into the aether. Here is our poetry, for we have pulled down the stars to our will.
But the one thing you should. not do is to suppose that when something is wrong with the arts, it is wrong with the arts ONLY.
A civilized man is one who will give a serious answer to a serious question. Civilization itself is a certain sane balance of values.
Colloquial poetry is to the real art as the barber's wax dummy is to sculpture.
A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him.
Allow me to say that I would long since have committed suicide had desisting made me a professor of Latin.
Genius... is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one.