“Is that a real haiku, or did you write it yourself?” —Michael Dylan Welch

Okay, here’s a surprise—I didn’t write any of these, except for the preceding quotation (which is half stolen from Robert Creeley—and which I also have printed up as a T-shirt). The following links lead to some of my favourite quotations relating to haiku poetry and other kinds of writing. Many of these quotations come from my reading of the original sources, and others come from quotation books. See also On the Art of Writing Haiku.          +


“The itch of a lost quotation in a book you cannot find.” —Hannah Sullivan, “The Sandpit After Rain”

“Sometimes it seems the only accomplishment my education bestowed on me, the ability to think in quotations.” —Margaret Drabble, A Summer Bird-Cage

“People who like quotes love meaningless generalizations.” —Graham Greene

“Quotations . . . sound out ideas memorably—encapsulating larger debates in bonsai form.”
—Dennis O’Driscoll, Quote Poet Unquote

“Like Montaigne, I quote others ‘in order to better express myself.’” —Dwight Garner, Garner’s Quotations

“Life itself is a quotation.” —Jorge Luis Borges