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    a. e. housman 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.
    — A. E. Housman
    tags: men  law  god 
     
    Now, of my threescore years and ten,Twenty will not come again.
    — A. E. Housman
    tags: year 
     
    A moment's thought would have shown him. But a moment is a long time, and thought is a painful process.
    — A. E. Housman
    tags: time  thoughts  moment  process 
     
    The mortal sickness of a mind too unhappy to be kind.
    — A. E. Housman
    tags: mind 
     
    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.
    — A. E. Housman
    tags: men  law  god 
     
    Good religious poetry... is likely to be most justly appreciated and most discriminately relished by the undevout.
    — A. E. Housman
    tags: religious  poetry 
     
    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.
    — A. E. Housman
    There, by the starlit fences The wanderer halts and hears My soul that lingers sighing About the glimmering weirs.
    — A. E. Housman
    tags: soul  wanderer 
     
    The average man, if he meddles with criticism at all, is a conservative critic.
    — A. E. Housman
    Ten thousand times I've done my best and all's to do again.
    — A. E. Housman
    tags: time 
     
    I do not choose the right word, I get rid of the wrong one.
    — A. E. Housman
    tags: right  wrong 
     
    With rue my heart is laden For golden friends I had, For many a rose-lipped maiden And many a lightfoot lad.
    — A. E. Housman
    tags: heart  friends 
     
    Ale, man, ale's the stuff to drink for fellows whom it hurts to think.
    — A. E. Housman
    tags: men  hurt 
     
    Life, to be sure, is nothing much to lose, But young men think it is, and we were young.
    — A. E. Housman
    tags: men  young 
     
    Three minutes thought would suffice to find this out; but thought is irksome and three minutes is a long time.
    — A. E. Housman
    tags: time  thoughts 
     
    The house of delusions is cheap to build but drafty to live in.
    — A. E. Housman
    tags: live 
     
    All knowledge is precious whether or not it serves the slightest human use.
    — A. E. Housman
    tags: human 
     
    That is the land of lost content, I see it shining plain, the happy highways where I went and cannot come again.
    — A. E. Housman
    tags: lost 
     
    Clay lies still, but blood's a rover;Breath's aware that will not keep.Up, lad: when the journey's over then there'll be time enough to sleep.
    — A. E. Housman
    tags: time  journey  lies  sleep  blood 
     
    Give me a land of boughs in leaf A land of trees that stand; Where trees are fallen there is grief; I love no leafless land.
    — A. E. Housman
    Happy bridegroom, Hesper brings All desired and timely things. All whom morning sends to roam, Hesper loves to lead them home. Home return who him behold, Child to mother, sheep to fold, Bird to nest from wandering wide: Happy bridegroom, seek your bride.
    — A. E. Housman
    tags: children  child  mother 
     
    Do not ever read books about versification: no poet ever learnt it that way. If you are going to be a poet, it will come to you naturally and you will pick up all you need from reading poetry.
    — A. E. Housman
    tags: reading  poetry  book  read  poet 
     
    Lovers lying two and two Ask not whom they sleep beside, And the bridegroom all night through Never turns him to the bride.
    — A. E. Housman
    tags: sleep  night  lying  lover 
     
    On Wenlock Edge the wood's in trouble;His forest fleece the Wrekin heaves;The wind it plies the saplings double, And thick on Severn snow the leaves.
    — A. E. Housman
    Tomorrow, more's the pity, Away we both must hie, To air the ditty and to earth I.
    — A. E. Housman
    tags: earth  tomorrow 
     
    Tell me not here, it needs not saying, What tune the enchantress plays In aftermaths of soft September Or under blanching mays, For she and I were long acquainted And I knew all her ways.
    — A. E. Housman
    tags: saying 
     
    I sought them far and found them, The sure, the straight, the brave, The hearts I lost my own to, The souls I could not save They braced their belts about them, They crossed in ships the sea, They sought and found six feet of ground, And there they died for me.
    — A. E. Housman
    tags: heart  soul  lost 
     
    Some men are more interesting than their books but my book is more interesting than its man.
    — A. E. Housman
    tags: men  book 
     
    Luck's a chance, but trouble's sure.
    — A. E. Housman
    tags: chance  luck 
     
    This is for all ill-treated fellows Unborn and unbegot, For them to read when they're in trouble And I am not.
    — A. E. Housman
    tags: read 
     
    They carry back bright to the coiner the mintage of man,The lads that will die in their glory and never be old.
    — A. E. Housman
    tags: die 
     
    Look not in my eyes, for fearThey mirror true the sight I see,And there you find your face too clearAnd love it and be lost like me.
    — A. E. Housman
    tags: true  lost  eyes 
     
    These, in the day when heaven was falling, The hour when earth's foundations fled, Followed their mercenary calling And took their wages and are dead. The British regulars who made the retreat from Mons, beginning August 24, 1914.
    — A. E. Housman
    tags: earth  heaven 
     
    Now hollow fires burn out to black, And lights are guttering low: Square your shoulders, lift your pack And leave your friends and go.
    — A. E. Housman
    tags: friends  fire  black 
     
    The fairies break their dances And leave the printed lawn.
    — A. E. Housman
    tags: dance 
     
    Experience has taught me, when I am shaving of a morning, to keep watch over my thoughts, because, if a line of poetry strays into my memory, my skin bristles so that the razor ceases to act.
    — A. E. Housman
    They say my verse is sad: no wonder; Its narrow measure spans Tears of eternity, and sorrow, Not mine. but man's.
    — A. E. Housman
    tags: sorrow  tears  eternity 
     
    Poems very seldom consist of poetry and nothing else; and pleasure can be derived also from their other ingredients. I am convinced that most readers, when they think they are admiring poetry, are deceived by inability to analyse their sensations, and that they are really admiring, not the poetry of the passage before them, but something else in it, which they like better than poetry.
    — A. E. Housman
    tags: pleasure  poetry  poem 
     
    They put arsenic in his meat And stared aghast to watch him eat; They poured strychnine in his cup And shook to see him drink it up.
    — A. E. Housman
    Stone, steel, dominions pass, Faith too, no wonder; So leave alone the grass That I am under.
    — A. E. Housman
    tags: alone  faith 
     
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