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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Poet
Nation: English
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Truth sits upon the lips of dying men.

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Waiting for the spark from heaven to fall.

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For the creation of a masterwork of literature two powers must concur, the power of the man and the power of the moment, and the man is not enough without the moment.

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Our society distributes itself into Barbarians, Philistines and Populace; and America is just ourselves with the Barbarians quite left out, and the Populace nearly.

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The need of expansion is as genuine an instinct in man as the need in a plant for the light, or the need in man himself for going upright. The love of liberty is simply the instinct in man for expansion.

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It is so small a thing to have enjoyed the sun, to have lived light in the spring, to have loved, to have thought, to have done.

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Resolve to be thyself: and know that he who finds himself, loses his misery.

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Use your gifts faithfully, and they shall be enlarged; practice what you know, and you shall attain to higher knowledge.

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Not a having and a resting, but a growing and becoming, is the character of perfection as culture conceives it.

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Poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive, and widely effective mode of saying things.

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And we forget because we must and not because we will.

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Culture is properly described as the love of perfection; it is a study of perfection.

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Culture is to know the best that has been said and thought in the world.

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Greatness is a spiritual condition.

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Home of lost causes, and forsaken beliefs, and unpopular names, and impossible loyalties!

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It is almost impossible to exaggerate the proneness of the human mind to take miracles as evidence, and to seek for miracles as evidence.

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Journalism is literature in a hurry.

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Spare me the whispering, crowded room, the friends who come and gape and go, the ceremonious air of gloom - all, which makes death a hideous show.

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The freethinking of one age is the common sense of the next.

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Bald as the bare mountain tops are bald, with a baldness full of grandeur.

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Because thou must not dream, thou need not despair.

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Conduct is three-fourths of our life and its largest concern.

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France, famed in all great arts, in none supreme.

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Nature, with equal mind, Sees all her sons at play, Sees man control the wind, The wind sweep man away.

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Poetry; a criticism of life under the conditions fixed for such a criticism by the laws of poetic truth and poetic beauty.

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Sad Patience, too near neighbour to despair.

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Still bent to make some port he knows not where, still standing for some false impossible shore.

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The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light.

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The true meaning of religion is thus, not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion.

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To have the sense of creative activity is the great happiness and the great proof of being alive.

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