41 Total Quotes

E. Housman Quotes

The house of delusions is cheap to build but drafty to live in.
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#English Poet

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.
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#English Poet #Meaning

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.
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#Lies And Lying

White in the moon the long road lies.
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#Lies And Lying

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.
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#War #Land

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.
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#English Poet #Discrimination

And silence sounds no worse than cheers / After death has stopped the ears.
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#Death

O Queen of air and darkness,I think 'tis truth you say,And I shall die to-morrow;But you will die to-day.
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#Darkness

Into my heart an air that kills / From yon far country blows: / What are those blue remembered hills, / What spires, what farms are those?
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#Country

Oh, when I was in love with you, / Then I was clean and brave.
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#Love

When I was one-and-twenty / I heard a wise man say, / `Give crowns and pounds and guineas / But not your heart away.'
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#Man

Shoulder the sky, my lad, and drink your ale.
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#English Poet

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.
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#Love

With rue my heart is laden / For golden friends I had, / For many a rose-lipt maiden / And many a lightfoot lad.
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#Friends Or Friendship

They carry back bright to the coiner the mintage of man, / The lads that will die in their glory and never be old.
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#Glory

In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence, which seems to conceal a diabolical cunning.
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#America #Innocence

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.
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#Perseverance #Eternity

Ale, man, ale's the stuff to drink for fellows whom it hurts to think.
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#Alcohol And Alcoholism

Lovers lying two by two / Ask not whom they sleep beside, / And the bridegroom all night through / Never turns him to the bride.
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#Lovers

Made of earth and sea / His overcoat for ever, / And wears the turning globe.
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#Earth

And the feather pate of folly / Bears the falling of the sky.
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#Folly

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.
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#God #English Poet

And then the clock collected in the tower / Its strength and struck.
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#Strength

But men at whiles are sober / And think by fits and starts, / And if they think, they fasten / Their hands upon their hearts.
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#Men