Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected, unplanned by me.
Nothing happens unless first we dream.
Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.
To work hard, to live hard, to die hard, and then go to hell after all would be too damn hard.
There are 10 men in me and I do not know or understand one of them.
Here is the difference between Dante, Milton, and me. They wrote about hell and never saw the place. I wrote about Chicago after looking the town over for years and years.
A man may be born, but in order to be born he must first die, and in order to die he must first awake.
I have often wondered what it is an old building can do to you when you happen to know a little about things that went on long ago in that building.
A baby is God's opinion that life should go on.
I doubt if you can have a truly wild party without liquor.
Let the gentle bush dig its root deep and spread upward to split one boulder.
Anger is the most impotent of passions. It effects nothing it goes about, and hurts the one who is possessed by it more than the one against whom it is directed.
To be a good loser is to learn how to win.
I am an idealist. I don't know where I'm going but I'm on my way.
When a nation goes down, or a society perishes, one condition may always be found; they forgot where they came from. They lost sight of what had brought them along.
Life is like an onion. You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.
The moon is a friend for the lonesome to talk to.
The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.
There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud.
I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes, so live not in your yesterdays, no just for tomorrow, but in the here and now. Keep moving and forget the post mortems; and remember, no one can get the jump on the future.