Philip Larkin Quotes

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they-say-eyes-clear-with-age
what-will-survive-of-us-is-love
you-cant-put-off-being-young-until-you-retire
i-think-writing-about-unhappiness-is-probably-the-source-of-my-popularity-if-i-have-anyafter-all-most-people-are-unhappy-dont-you-think
death-is-no-different-whined-at-than-withstood
life-is-first-boredom-then-fear-philip-larkin
poetry-should-begin-with-emotion-in-poet-end-with-same-emotion-in-reader-the-poem-is-simply-instrument-transferance-philip-larkin
home-is-sad-it-stays-as-it-was-left-shaped-to-comfort-last-to-go-as-if-to-win-them-back-philip-larkin
i-work-all-day-get-halfdrunk-at-night-philip-larkin
most-things-may-never-happen-this-one-will-philip-larkin
breath-that-sharpens-life-is-life-itself-philip-larkin
i-feel-only-thing-you-can-do-about-life-is-to-preserve-it-by-art-if-youre-artist-by-children-if-youre-not-philip-larkin
one-quainter-quirks-life-is-that-we-shall-never-know-who-dies-on-dame-day-as-we-do-ourselves-philip-larkin
one-quainter-quirks-life-is-that-we-shall-never-know-who-dies-on-same-day-as-we-do-ourselves-philip-larkin
Aubade I work all day, and get half-drunk at night. Waking at four to soundless dark, I stare. In time the curtain-edges will grow light. Till then I see what's really always there: Unresting death, a whole day nearer now, Making all thought impossible but how And where and when I shall myself die. Arid interrogation: yet the dread Of dying, and being dead, Flashes afresh to hold and horrify. The mind blanks at the glare. Not in remorse -The good not done, the love not given, time Torn off unused-nor wretchedly because An only life can take so long to climb Clear of its wrong beginnings, and may never; But at the total emptiness for ever, The sure extinction that we travel to And shall be lost in always. Not to be here, Not to be anywhere, And soon; nothing more terrible, nothing more true. This is a special way of being afraid No trick dispels. Religion used to try, That vast moth-eaten musical brocade Created to pretend we never die, And specious stuff that says No rational being Can fear a thing it will not feel, not seeing That this is what we fear-no sight, no sound, No touch or taste or smell, nothing to think with, Nothing to love or link with, The anaesthetic from which none come round. And so it stays just on the edge of vision, A small unfocused blur, a standing chill That slows each impulse down to indecision. Most things may never happen: this one will, And realisation of it rages out In furnace-fear when we are caught without People or drink. Courage is no good: It means not scaring others. Being brave Lets no one off the grave. Death is no different whined at than withstood. Slowly light strengthens, and the room takes shape. It stands plain as a wardrobe, what we know, Have always known, know that we can't escape, Yet can't accept. One side will have to go. Meanwhile telephones crouch, getting ready to ring In locked-up offices, and all the uncaring Intricate rented world begins to rouse. The sky is white as clay, with no sun. Work has to be done. Postmen like doctors go from house to house.

Philip Larkin
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only-in-books-flat-final-happens-only-in-dreams-we-meet-interlock-philip-larkin
i-am-always-trying-to-preserve-things-by-getting-other-people-to-read-what-i-have-written-feel-what-i-felt-philip-larkin
i-had-moral-tutor-but-never-saw-him-only-words-his-i-remember-are-the-three-pleasures-life-drinking-smoking-masturbation-philip-larkin
in-life-as-in-art-talking-vitiates-doing-philip-larkin
an-arundel-tomb-side-by-side-their-faces-blurred-the-earl-countess-lie-in-stone-their-proper-habits-vaguely-shown-as-jointed-armour-stiffened-pleat-and-that-faint-hint-absurd-the
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poetry-is-affair-sanity-seeing-things-as-they-are-philip-larkin
uncontradicting-solitude-supports-me-on-its-giant-palm-and-like-seaanemone-or-simple-snail-there-cautiously-unfolds-emerges-what-i-am-philip-larkin
i-think-that-at-bottom-all-art-lies-impulse-to-preserve-philip-larkin
how-little-our-careers-express-what-lies-in-us-yet-how-much-time-they-take-up-its-sad-really-philip-larkin
dear-i-cant-write-its-all-fantasy-kind-circling-obsession-philip-larkin
there-is-bad-in-all-good-authors-what-pity-converse-isnt-true-philip-larkin
everyone-should-be-forcibly-transplanted-to-another-continent-from-their-family-at-age-three-philip-larkin
i-have-wished-you-something-none-others-would-philip-larkin
id-like-to-think-that-people-in-pubs-would-talk-about-my-poems-philip-larkin
life-has-practice-living-you-if-you-dont-live-it-philip-larkin
why-should-i-let-toad-work-squat-on-my-life-cant-i-use-my-wit-as-pitchfork-drive-brute-off-philip-larkin
why-should-i-let-toad-work-squat-on-my-life-philip-larkin
time-is-echo-axe-within-wood-philip-larkin
i-have-started-to-saya-quarter-centuryor-thirty-years-backabout-my-own-life-philip-larkin
courage-is-no-goodit-means-not-scaring-others-being-bravelets-no-one-off-gravedeath-is-no-different-whined-at-than-withstood-philip-larkin
to-start-at-new-place-is-always-to-feel-incompetent-unwanted-philip-larkin
the-only-way-to-eliminate-unemployment-is-to-eliminate-unemployment-benefits-philip-larkin
parting-is-training-streamerlingering-like-leaves-in-autumn-philip-larkin
we-should-be-careful-of-each-other-we-should-be-kind-while-there-is-still-time-philip-larkin
life-literature-is-question-what-one-thrills-to-further-than-that-no-man-shall-ever-go-without-putting-his-foot-in-turd-philip-larkin
one-great-criticisms-poets-past-is-that-they-said-one-thing-did-another-philip-larkin
to-put-one-brick-upon-anotheradd-third-then-fourthleaves-no-time-to-wonder-whetherwhat-you-do-has-any-worth-philip-larkin
deprivation-is-for-me-what-daffodils-were-for-wordsworth-philip-larkin
depression-is-to-me-as-daffodils-were-to-wordsworth-philip-larkin
on-me-your-voice-falls-as-they-say-love-should-like-enormous-yes-philip-larkin
walk-with-deadfor-fear-death-philip-larkin
my-mother-who-hates-thunderstormsholds-up-each-summer-day-shakesit-out-suspiciously-lest-swarmsof-grapedark-clouds-are-lurking-there-philip-larkin
its-easy-to-write-when-youve-nothing-to-write-aboutthat-is-when-you-are-young-philip-larkin
but-o-photography-as-no-art-is-faithful-disappointing-philip-larkin
joyis-for-simple-great-to-feelneither-which-we-are-philip-larkin
any-memory-for-most-part-depending-on-chance-philip-larkin
give-me-thrill-says-readergive-me-kicki-dont-care-how-you-succeed-orwhat-subject-you-pick-philip-larkin
a-writer-can-have-only-one-language-if-language-is-going-to-mean-anything-to-him-philip-larkin
most-people-know-more-as-they-get-olderi-give-all-that-cold-shoulder-philip-larkin
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