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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Politician
Nation: American
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Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.

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I will make a bargain with the Republicans. If they will stop telling lies about Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.

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Freedom is not an ideal, it is not even a protection, if it means nothing more than freedom to stagnate, to live without dreams, to have no greater aim than a second car and another television set.

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Saskatchewan is much like Texas - except it's more friendly to the United States.

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To me, there is something superbly symbolic in the fact that an astronaut, sent up as assistant to a series of computers, found that he worked more accurately and more intelligently than they. Inside the capsule, man is still in charge.

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A free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.

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A funny thing happened to me on the way to the White House.

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In America any boy may become President, and I suppose it's just one of the risks he takes.

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Nixon is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump for a speech on conservation.

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The New Dealers have all left Washington to make way for the car dealers.

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The Republicans have a me too candidate running on a yes but platform, advised by a has been staff.

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There is no evil in the atom; only in men's souls.

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We live in an era of revolution, the revolution of rising expectations.

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We cannot be any stronger in our foreign policy for all the bombs and guns we may heap up in our arsenals than we are in the spirit which rules inside the country. Foreign policy, like a river, cannot rise above its source.

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With the supermarket as our temple and the singing commercial as our litany, are we likely to fire the world with an irresistible vision of America's exalted purpose and inspiring way of life?

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I remain loyal to Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert in music and to Shakespeare and Jane Austen in literature.

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I write, or used to write, to explain to myself situations I couldn't otherwise solve or understand. Meditation comes very naturally to me.

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Yes, I do often write poems from the mind, but I hope I don't ignore feelings and emotions.

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A poem might be defined as thinking about feelings - about human feelings and frailties.

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Each word bears its weight, so you have to read my poems quite slowly.

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I am now seventy, rather glad, really, that I won't live to see the horrors to come in the 21st century.

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I don't like poetry that just slaps violent words on a canvas, as it were.

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I like rhyme because it is memorable, I like form because having to work to a pattern gives me original ideas.

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I married a young Englishman in Cambridge in 1955 and have lived in Britain every since.

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I think a poet, like a painter, should be a craftsperson.

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Poets should ignore most criticism and get on with making poetry.

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There is far too much literary criticism of the wrong kind. That is why I never could have survived as an academic.

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When everything is for 'fun' nothing is for the good.

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Blake has always been a favorite, the lyrics, not so much the prophetic books, but I suppose Yeats influenced me more as a young poet, and the American, Robert Frost.

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I did know Ted Hughes and I partly wrote the book to explain to myself and others the complexities of a marriage that was for six years wonderfully productive of poetry and then ended in tragedy.

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I dislike literary jargon and never use it. Criticism has only one function and that is to help readers read and understand literature. It is not a science, it is an aid to art.

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I have always made my own rules, in poetry as in life - though I have tried of late to cooperate more with my family. I do, however, believe that without order or pattern poetry is useless.

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I play with language a great deal in my poems, and I enjoy that. I try to condense language, that is, I try to express complicated but I hope real emotions as simply as possible. But that doesn't mean the poems are simple, just that they are as truthful as I can make them.

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I work very hard on all my poems, but most of the work consists of trying not to sound as if I had worked. I try to make them sound as natural as possible, but within a quite strict form, which to my ears has a lot to do with musical rhythm and sound.

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I'm not really quiet or shy. Ask any of my friends! But I always ground my poetry in life itself. Poetry is an art of language, though, so I am always aware of every word's meaning, or multiple meanings.

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My earlier poems were sadder than my poems are today, perhaps because I wrote them in confusion or when I was unhappy. But I am not a melancholy person, quite the contrary, no one enjoys laughing more than I do.

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Peter Lucas and I live in Durham but spend a great of time in North Wales, where we have a cottage in the mountains, and in Vermont, USA, with my sister - who is a children's writer married to a poet.

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Sylvia Plath was just a month and a half older than I, and when she committed suicide I was only 30 - and very shocked and sorry. I never knew her personally.

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Somebody has to stand when other people are sitting. Somebody has to speak when other people are quiet.

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It can be a challenge, but my legacy, at least for the people who came before me, is you don't run from challenges because that's more comfortable and convenient.

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Many states can no longer afford to support public education, public benefits, public services without doing something about the exorbitant costs that mass incarceration have created.

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Most parents have long understood that kids don't have the judgment, the maturity, the impulse control and insight necessary to make complicated lifelong decisions.

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My parents lived in a poor rural community on the Eastern Shore, and schools were still segregated. And I remember when lawyers came into our community to open up the public schools to black kids.

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