Quotes by A. E. Housman
A. E. Housman
Alive from: 1859-1936
Category: Poets (Contemporary)
Quotes 1 till 15 of 50.
A neck God made for other use Than strangling in a string.
Ale, man, ale's the stuff to drink for fellows whom it hurts to think.
And silence sounds no worse than cheers
After earth has stopped the ears.Source: A Shropshire Lad (1896) No. 19 (To an Athlete Dying Young), st. 4
Be still, my soul, be still; the arms you bear are brittle,
Earth and high heaven are fixt of old and founded strong.Source: A Shropshire Lad (1896) No. 48, st. 1
But from my grave across my brow
Plays no wind of healing now,
And fire and ice within me fight
Beneath the suffocating night.Source: A Shropshire Lad (1896) No. 30, st. 4
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 to sleep.Source: A Shropshire Lad (1896) No. 4 (Reveille), st. 6
Could man be drunk for ever
With liquor, love, or fights,
Lief should I rouse at mornings
And lief lie down of nights.
But men at whiles are sober
And think by fits and starts,
And if they think, they fasten
Their hands upon their hearts.Source: Last Poems (1922) No. 10, st. 2
Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out... and perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.Source: The Name and Nature of Poetry
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... The seat of this sensation is the pit of the stomach.Source: The Name and Nature of Poetry
Far in a western brookland
That bred me long ago
The poplars stand and tremble
By pools I used to know.Source: A Shropshire Lad (1896) No. 52, st. 1
Good literature continually read for pleasure must, let us hope, 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.Source: The Name and Nature of Poetry
Good religious poetry... is likely to be most justly appreciated and most discriminately relished by the undevout.
Here dead lie we because we did not choose to live and shame the land from which we sprung. Life, to be sure, is nothing much to lose; but young men think it is, and we were young.
His folly has not fellow
Beneath the blue of day
That gives to man or woman
His heart and soul away.Source: A Shropshire Lad (1896) No. 14, st. 3
Hope lies to mortals
And most believe her,
But man's deceiver
Was never mine.Source: More Poems (1936) No. 6, st. 1