Dylan Thomas Quotes

A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape of the universe, helps to extend everyone’s knowledge of himself and the world around him.

Few understand the works of Cummings, And few James Joyce’s mental slummings, And few young Auden’s coded chatter; But then it is the few that matter.

(Some poets), like Eliot have become so aware of the huge mechanism of the past that their poems read like scholarly conglomerations of a century’s wisdom, and are difficult to follow unless we have an intimate knowledge of Dante, the Golden Bough, and the weather-reports in Sanskrit.

Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because there words had forked no lightning they Do not go gentle into that good night. Good men, the […]

The function of posterity is to look after itself.

An alcoholic is someone you don’t like who drinks as much as you do.

He carries – a nylon shirt. This, he dearly believes, from the advertisements, he can himself wash in his hotel, hang to dry overnight, and put on, without ironing, in the morning. (In my case, no ironing was needed, for, as someone cruelly pointed out in print, I looked, anyway, like an unmade bed.)

One Christmas was so much like the other in those days around the sea-torn corner now out of all sound except the distant speaking of the voices I sometimes hear the moment before sleep that I can never remember whether it snowed for six days and six nights when I was twelve or whether it […]

Somebody’s boring me… I think it’s me.

A horrid alcoholic explosion scatters all my good intentions like bits of limbs and clothes over the doorsteps and into the saloon bars of the tawdriest pubs.