A. E. Housman

#25112 A. E. Housman

The chestnut casts his flambeaux, and the flowers Stream from the hawthorn on the wind away, The doors clap to, the pane is blind with showers. Pass me the can, lad; there’s an end of May. .

A. E. Housman - The chestnut casts his flambeaux, and the flowers Stream from the hawthorn on the wind away, The doors clap to, the pane is blind with showers. Pass me the can, lad; there’s an end of May. views: 19 A. E. Housman flowers quotes
#25121 A. E. Housman

Tell me not here, it needs not saying, What tune the enchantress plays In aftermaths of soft September Or under blanching mays, For she and I were long acquainted And I knew all her ways. .

A. E. Housman - Tell me not here, it needs not saying, What tune the enchantress plays In aftermaths of soft September Or under blanching mays, For she and I were long acquainted And I knew all her ways. views: 14 A. E. Housman need quotes
#25083 A. E. Housman

A textual critic engaged upon his business is not at all like Newton investigating the motions of the planets: he is much more like a dog hunting for fleas. If a dog hunted for fleas on mathematical principles, basing his researches on statistics of area and population, he would never catch a flea except by accident. .

A. E. Housman - A textual critic engaged upon his business is not at all like Newton investigating the motions of the planets: he is much more like a dog hunting for fleas. If a dog hunted for fleas on mathematical principles, basing his researches on statistics of area and population, he would never catch a flea except by accident. views: 7 A. E. Housman business quotes
#25088 A. E. Housman

To be a textual critic requires aptitude for thinking and willingness to think; and though it also requires other things, those things are supplements and cannot be substitutes. Knowledge is good, method is good, but one thing beyond all others is necessary; and that is to have a head, not a pumpkin, on your shoulders and brains, not pudding, in your head. .

A. E. Housman - To be a textual critic requires aptitude for thinking and willingness to think; and though it also requires other things, those things are supplements and cannot be substitutes. Knowledge is good, method is good, but one thing beyond all others is necessary; and that is to have a head, not a pumpkin, on your shoulders and brains, not pudding, in your head. views: 7 A. E. Housman men quotes
#25101 A. E. Housman

But from my grave across my brow Plays no wind of healing now, And fire and ice within me fight Beneath the suffocating night. .

A. E. Housman - But from my grave across my brow Plays no wind of healing now, And fire and ice within me fight Beneath the suffocating night. views: 7 A. E. Housman healing quotes
#25079 A. E. Housman

My heart always warms to people who do not come to see me, especially Americans, to whom it seems to be more of an effort. .

A. E. Housman - My heart always warms to people who do not come to see me, especially Americans, to whom it seems to be more of an effort. views: 6 A. E. Housman war quotes
#25096 A. E. Housman

Oh, when I was in love with you Then I was clean and brave, And miles around the wonder grew How well did I behave. And now the fancy passes by And nothing will remain, And miles around they'll say that I Am quite myself again. .

A. E. Housman - Oh, when I was in love with you Then I was clean and brave, And miles around the wonder grew How well did I behave. And now the fancy passes by And nothing will remain, And miles around they'll say that I Am quite myself again. views: 6 A. E. Housman love quotes
#25105 A. E. Housman

Into my heart an air that kills From yon far country blows: What are those blue remembered hills, What spires, what farms are those? That is the land of lost content, I see it shining plain, The happy highways where I went And cannot come again. .

A. E. Housman - Into my heart an air that kills From yon far country blows: What are those blue remembered hills, What spires, what farms are those? That is the land of lost content, I see it shining plain, The happy highways where I went And cannot come again. views: 6 A. E. Housman art quotes
#25106 A. E. Housman

Be still, my soul, be still; the arms you bear are brittle, Earth and high heaven are fixt of old and founded strong. .

A. E. Housman - Be still, my soul, be still; the arms you bear are brittle, Earth and high heaven are fixt of old and founded strong. views: 6 A. E. Housman art quotes
#193084 A E Housman

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. .

A E Housman - 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. views: 6 A E Housman poetry quotes
#25078 A. E. Housman

I rather doubt if man really has much to gain by substituting peace for strife, as you and Jesus Christ recommend. Sic notus Ulixes? do you think you can outwit the resourceful malevolence of Nature? God is not mocked, as St. Paul long ago warned the Galatians. When man gets rid of a great trouble he is easier for a while, but not for long: Nature instantly sets to work to weaken his power of sustaining trouble, and very soon seven pounds is as heavy as fourteen pounds used to be. Last Easter Monday a young woman threw herself in the Lea because her dress looked so shabby amongst the holiday crowd: in other times and countries women have been ravished by half-a-dozen dragoons and taken it less to heart. It looks to me as if the state of mankind always had been and always would be a state of just tolerable discomfort. .

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#25085 A. E. Housman

Most men are rather stupid, and most of those who are not stupid are, consequently, rather vain. .

A. E. Housman - Most men are rather stupid, and most of those who are not stupid are, consequently, rather vain. views: 5 A. E. Housman men quotes
#25092 A. E. Housman

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

A. E. Housman - Lovers lying two and two Ask not whom they sleep beside, And the bridegroom all night through Never turns him to the bride. views: 5 A. E. Housman sleep quotes
#25098 A. E. Housman

And silence sounds no worse than cheers After earth has stopped the ears. .

A. E. Housman - And silence sounds no worse than cheers After earth has stopped the ears. views: 5 A. E. Housman art quotes
#25107 A. E. Housman

Far in a western brookland That bred me long ago The poplars stand and tremble By pools I used to know. .

A. E. Housman - Far in a western brookland That bred me long ago The poplars stand and tremble By pools I used to know. views: 5 A. E. Housman
#25108 A. E. Housman

There, by the starlit fences, The wanderer halts and hears My soul that lingers sighing About the glimmering weirs. .

A. E. Housman - There, by the starlit fences, The wanderer halts and hears My soul that lingers sighing About the glimmering weirs. views: 5 A. E. Housman soul quotes
#25117 A. E. Housman

And how am I to face the odds Of man’s bedevilment and God’s? I, a stranger and afraid In a world I never made. .

A. E. Housman - And how am I to face the odds Of man’s bedevilment and God’s? I, a stranger and afraid In a world I never made. views: 5 A. E. Housman men quotes
#25077 A. E. Housman

Three minutes' thought would suffice to find this out; but thought is irksome and three minutes is a long time. .

A. E. Housman - Three minutes' thought would suffice to find this out; but thought is irksome and three minutes is a long time. views: 4 A. E. Housman time quotes
#25086 A. E. Housman

It is supposed that there has been progress in the science of textual criticism, and the most frivolous pretender has learned to talk superciliously about "the old unscientific days". The old unscientific days are everlasting; they are here and now; they are renewed perennially by the ear which takes formulas in, and the tongue which gives them out again, and the mind which meanwhile is empty of reflexion and stuffed with self-complacency. .

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#25100 A. E. Housman

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

A. E. Housman - They carry back bright to the coiner the mintage of man, The lads that will die in their glory and never be old. views: 4 A. E. Housman man quotes

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