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1888 - 1965, English poet, publisher and social critic

Sometimes things become possible if we want them bad enough.
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The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the
future of man.
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What is hell? Hell is oneself.
Hell is alone, the other figures in it
Merely projections. There is nothing to escape from
And nothing to escape to. One is always alone.
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Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.
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Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
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This is how the world ends: not with a bang but a whimper.
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Your burden is not to clear your conscience but to learn how to bear the burdens on your
conscience.
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The journey, not the arrival matters.
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It will do you no harm to find yourself ridiculous. Resign yourself to be the fool you are.
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No one can become really educated without having pursued some study in which he took no
interest- for it is a part of education to learn to interest ourselves in subjects for which we
have no aptitude.
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Men dislike being awakened from their death in life.
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Whatever you think, be sure it is what you think; whatever you want, be sure that is what
you want; whatever you feel, be sure that is what you feel.
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Human kind cannot bear very much reality.
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However you disguise it, this thing does not change: The perpetual struggle of good and evil.
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We shall not cease from exploration.
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started,
And know the place for the first time.
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What life have you, if you have not life together?
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The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do more,
and you are not yet decrepit enough to turn them down.
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It is a test, a positive test, I do not assert that it is always valid negatively, that genuine
poetry can communicate before it is understood.
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Only by acceptance of the past, can you alter it.
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There's no vocabulary for love within a family,
love that's lived in but not looked at,
love within the light of which all else is seen,
the love within which all other love finds speech.
This love is silent.
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The soul of Man must quicken to creation.
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Success is relative. It is what we make of the mess we have made of things.
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Those who trust us educate us.
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We must always take risks. That is our destiny.
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We die to each other daily. What we know of other people is only our memory of the
moments during which we knew them. And they have changed since then. To pretend that
they and we are the same is a useful and convenient social convention which must
sometimes be broken. We must also remember that at every meeting we are meeting a
stranger.
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Time for you and time for me,
And time yet for a hundred indecisions,
And for a hundred visions and revisions,
Before the taking of a toast and tea.
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Humor is also a way of saying something serious.
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Do I dare disturb the universe? In a minute there is time for decisions and revisions which a
minute will reverse.
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We read many books, because we cannot know enough people.
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What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The
end is where we start from.
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To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that
is enough for one man's life.
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Every moment is a fresh beginning.
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For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
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Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in
information?
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