E. Housman Quotes


21 E. Housman quotes:



"Great literature should do some good to the reader: must quicken his perception though dull, and sharpen his discrimination though blunt, and mellow the rawness of his personal opinions."
Author: Housman Quotes Category: English Poet Quotes Discrimination Quotes
"If a line of poetry strays into my memory, my skin bristles so that the razor ceases to act."
"Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out... Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure."
Author: Housman Quotes Category: English Poet Quotes Meaning Quotes
"I find Cambridge an asylum, in every sense of the word."
"The troubles of our proud and angry dust are from eternity, and shall not fail. Bear them we can, and if we can we must. Shoulder the sky, my lad, and drink your ale."
"O Queen of air and darkness,I think 'tis truth you say,And I shall die to-morrow;But you will die to-day."
"In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence, which seems to conceal a diabolical cunning."
Author: Housman Quotes Category: America Quotes Innocence Quotes
"They carry back bright to the coiner the mintage of man, / The lads that will die in their glory and never be old."
Author: Housman Quotes Category: Glory Quotes
"And then the clock collected in the tower / Its strength and struck."
Author: Housman Quotes Category: Strength Quotes
"The laws of God, the laws of man he may keep that will and can; not I: let God and man decree laws for themselves and not for me."
"When I was one-and-twenty / I heard a wise man say, / `Give crowns and pounds and guineas / But not your heart away.'"
Author: Housman Quotes Category: Man Quotes
"Shoulder the sky, my lad, and drink your ale."
"White in the moon the long road lies."
"Clay lies still, but blood's a rover; / Breath's a ware that will not keep. / Up, lad; when the journey's over / There'll be time enough for sleep."
"But men at whiles are sober / And think by fits and starts, / And if they think, they fasten / Their hands upon their hearts."
Author: Housman Quotes Category: Men Quotes
"Into my heart an air that kills / From yon far country blows: / What are those blue remembered hills, / What spires, what farms are those?"
Author: Housman Quotes Category: Country Quotes
"With rue my heart is laden / For golden friends I had, / For many a rose-lipt maiden / And many a lightfoot lad."
"Here of a Sunday morning / My love and I would lie, / And see the coloured counties, / And hear the larks so high / About us in the sky."
Author: Housman Quotes Category: Love Quotes
"The house of delusions is cheap to build but drafty to live in."
"A neck God made for other use / Than strangling in a string."
Author: Housman Quotes Category: God Quotes



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