H. C. Merwin

  • A National Vice

    “To be gregarious within proper limits tends to health and sanity, to good nature and charity. … but this much may be affirmed: every man’s life should have a background of solitude; there should be times when he walks alone, reads alone, thinks alone.”

  • On Growing Old

    “It is clear that man, regarded not as an individual soul, but as a mere factor in the great process of the universe, has a duty to perform both toward himself and toward others.”