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    Poetry is like fish: if it's fresh, it's good; if it's stale, it's bad; and if you're not certain, try it on the cat.
    — Osbert Sitwell
    tags: cat  poetry 
     
    A golf course outside a big town serves an excellent purpose in that it segregates, as though a concentration camp, all the idle and idiot well-to-do.
    — Osbert Sitwell
    tags: golf  idiot 
     
    I have always said that if I were a rich man, I would employ a professional praiser.
    — Osbert Sitwell
    tags: men 
     
    How simple-minded of the Germans to imagine that we British could be cowed by the destruction of our ancient monuments! As though any havoc of the German bombs could possibly equal the things we have done ourselves!
    — Osbert Sitwell
    Everywhere men have unlocked the prisoners within, and from under the disguising skins the apes have leapt joyfully out.
    — Osbert Sitwell
    tags: men 
     
    The Rich Man's Banquet, which was to last for a decade, had now begun: the feast, it was recognised, went to the greediest.
    — Osbert Sitwell
    Hell has a climate, but no situation. It lies in the spirit, and not in space.
    — Osbert Sitwell
    tags: lies  hell  space  spirit 
     
    We attended stables, as we attended church, in our best clothes, thereby no doubt showing the degree of respect due to horses.
    — Osbert Sitwell
    tags: respect  doubt  church 
     
    For forty days he went out into the desert - and never shot anything [on Jesus]
    — Osbert Sitwell
    Heroic figures are now obsolete,So Demigod and Devil find retreatIn minds of children - as rare beasts and men,Elsewhere extinct, persist in hill or fenFrom man protected - where each form assumesGigantic stature and intention, loomsFrom wind-moved, twilight-woven histories:For them each flower teems with mysteries.
    — Osbert Sitwell
    tags: children  men  mystery  devil  child  flowers  mind 
     
    It is fatal to be appreciated in one's own time.
    — Osbert Sitwell
    tags: time 
     
    My education [takes place] during the holidays from Eton.
    — Osbert Sitwell
    tags: education 
     
    The terrible newly imported American doctrine that everyone ought to do something.
    — Osbert Sitwell
    tags: american 
     
    The artist, like the idiot or clown, sits on the edge of the world, and a push may send him over it.
    — Osbert Sitwell
    tags: world  artist  idiot 
     
    The only difference between an artist and a lunatic is, perhaps, that the artist has the restraint or courtesy to conceal the intensity of his obsession from all except those similarly afflicted.
    — Osbert Sitwell
    tags: artist 
     
    For Poetry is the wisdom of the blood,That scarlet tree within, which has the powerTo make dull words bud forth and burst in flower.
    — Osbert Sitwell
    tags: flowers  wisdom  poetry 
     
    Blood is that fragile scarlet tree we carry within us.
    — Osbert Sitwell
    tags: blood 
     
    In reality, killing time is only the name for another of the multifarious ways by which Time kills us.
    — Osbert Sitwell
    tags: time  reality 
     
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    osbert sitwell
    Birth    : December 6, 1892
    Death  : May 4, 1969
    Occupation  : Writer