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Nobody knows what the cause is, though some pretend they do; it like some hidden assassin waiting to strike at you. Childless women get it, and men when they retire; it as if there had to be some outlet for their foiled creative fire.
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#Cancer

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Now is the age of anxiety.
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#English Poet #Age And Aging

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Poor Poe! At first so forgotten that his grave went without a tomb-stone twenty-six years. . . today in danger of becoming the life study of a few professors.
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#Danger

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The stars are dead; the animals will not look:/ We are left alone with our day, and the time is short and / History to the defeated / May say Alas but cannot help or pardon.
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#Animals

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If time were the wicked sheriff in a horse opera, I'd pay for riding lessons and take his gun away.
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#English Poet #Opera

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In a world of prayer, we are all equal in the sense that each of us is a unique person, with a unique perspective on the world, a member of a class of one.
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#English Poet #Prayer

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It takes little talent to see what lies under one's nose, a good deal to know in what direction to point that organ.
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#English Poet

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I cannot accept the doctrine that in poetry there is a ''suspension of belief.'' A poet must never make a statement simply because it is sounds poetically exciting; he must also believe it to be true.
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#Poetry And Poets

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You know there are no secrets in America. It's quite different in England, where people think of a secret as a shared relation between two people.
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#Secrets

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Slavery is so intolerable a condition that the slave can hardly escape deluding himself into thinking that he is choosing to obey his master's commands when, in fact, he is obliged to. Most slaves of habit suffer from this delusion and so do some writers, enslaved by an all too ''personal'' style.
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#Slavery

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Let mortals beware of words<br/>For with words we lie<br/>Can speak peace<br/>When we mean war<br/><br/>But song is true<br/>Let music for peace<br/>Be the paradigm<br/>For peace means change<br/>At the right time
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#Peace

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'Healing,'' Papa would tell me, ''is not a science, but the intuitive art of wooing nature.''
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#Science