Quotes by A. E. Housman

A. E. Housman

A. E. Housman

British poet

Alive from: 1859-1936

Category: Poets (Contemporary)

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    I could no more define poetry than a terrier can define a rat.
    Source: ISBN: 9780198184966 The Letters of A. E. Housman (2007 edition), Oxfor
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    I find Cambridge an asylum, in every sense of the word.
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    I tell the tale that I heard told. Mithridates, he died old.
    Source: A Shropshire Lad no. 62, l. 75 (1896)
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    I, a stranger and afraid in a world I never made.
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    If a line of poetry strays into my memory, my skin bristles so that the razor ceases to act.
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    In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence, which seems to conceal a diabolical cunning.
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    Into my heart an air that kills
    From yon far country blows:
    What are those blue remembered hills,
    What spires, what farms are those?

    That is the land of lost content,
    I see it shining plain,
    The happy highways where I went
    And cannot come again.
    Source: A Shropshire Lad (1896)
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    Into my heart on air that kills From yon far country blows: What are those blue remembered hills, What spires, what farms are those?
    Source: A Shropshire Lad no. 40, l. 1 (1896)
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    Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
    Is hung with bloom along the bough.
    Source: A Shropshire Lad (1896) No. 2, st. 1
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    Lovers lying two and two
    Ask not whom they sleep beside,
    And the bridegroom all night through
    Never turns him to the bride.
    Source: A Shropshire Lad (1896) No. 12, st. 4
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    Malt does more than Milton can to justify God's ways to man.
    Source: A Shropshire Lad (1896)
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    Most men are rather stupid, and most of those who are not stupid are, consequently, rather vain.
    Source: The Application of Thought to Textual Criticism, a lecture delivered on August 4, 1921
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    My heart always warms to people who do not come to see me, especially Americans, to whom it seems to be more of an effort.
    Source: Letter to Neilson Abeel (October 4, 1935).
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    Nature, not content with denying him the ability to think, has endowed him with the ability to write.
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    Now hollow fires burn out to black,
    And lights are guttering low:
    Square your shoulders, lift your pack,
    And leave your friends and go.

    Oh never fear, man, nought's to dread,
    Look not to left nor right:
    In all the endless road you tread
    There's nothing but the night.
    Source: A Shropshire Lad (1896)
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