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Ale, man, ale's the stuff to drink for fellows whom it hurts to think. ...
by A. E. Housman

Ale, man, ale's the stuff to drink for fellows whom it hurts to think.
- 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

Here dead lie we because we did not choose to live
and shame the land from which we sprung.
Life, to be sure, is nothing much to lose;
but young men think it is,
and we were young.
- A. E. Housman

Shoulder the sky, my lad, and drink your ale.
- A. E. Housman

 

Experience has taught me, when I am shaving of a morning,
to keep watch over my thoughts, because,
if a line of poetry strays into my memory,
my skin bristles so that the razor ceases to act.
- A. E. Housman

The troubles of our proud and angry dust are from eternity,
and shall not fail.
Bear them we can, and if we can we must.
Shoulder the sky, my lad, and drink your ale.
- A. E. Housman

Nature, not content with denying him the ability to think,
has endowed him with the ability to write.
- A. E. Housman

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The average man, if he meddles with criticism at all,
is a conservative critic.
- A. E. Housman

The house of delusions is cheap to build but drafty to live in.
- A. E. Housman

And malt does more than Milton can to justify God's ways to man.
- A. E. Housman

The laws of God, the laws of man he may keep that will and can;
not I: let God and man decree laws for themselves and not for me.
- A. E. Housman

If a line of poetry strays into my memory,
my skin bristles so that the razor ceases to act.
- A. E. Housman

Who made the world I cannot tell; 'Tis made,
and here am I in hell.
My hand, though now my knuckles bleed,
I never soiled with such a deed.
- A. E. Housman

In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence,
which seems to conceal a diabolical cunning.
- A. E. Housman

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

I find Cambridge an asylum, in every sense of the word.
- A. E. Housman

Great literature should do some good to the reader:
must quicken his perception though dull,
and sharpen his discrimination though blunt,
and mellow the rawness of his personal opinions.
- A. E. Housman

Note, that yeast of good Beer, is better then that of Ale.
- Kenelm Digby

I have fed purely upon ale; I have eat my ale,
drank my ale, and I always sleep upon ale.
- George Farquhar

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden

All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle (attributed)

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

A man's good name is his best monument
- from an old churchyard at Lockerbie, Scotland

The man who is successful is the man who is useful.
- Bourke Cockran

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers.
You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
- Naguib Mahfouz

Many a man fails as an original thinker
simply because his memory is too good.
- Nietzsche

If there is anything that a man can do well,
I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
- Abraham Lincoln

Non-violence means avoiding not only external physical violence
but also internal violence of spirit.
You not only refuse to shoot a man,
but you refuse to hate him.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

You cannot teach a man anything;
you can only help him find it within himself.
- Galileo Galilei

For man with no forgiveness in heart,
life worse punishment than death.
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid 2

Early to bed and early to rise,
makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
- Benjamin Franklin

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear,
but the triumph over it.
The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid,
but he who conquers that fear.
- Nelson Mandela

Dear Father in heaven, I'm not a praying man,
but if you're up there and you can hear me ...
show me the way... show me the way.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

If a man does not know what port he is steering for,
no wind is favorable to him.
- Seneca

One man with courage makes a majority.
- old saying probably repeated by Andrew Jackson
(falsely attributed to Jefferson)

A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.
- Oscar Wilde

The gem cannot be polished without friction,
nor man perfected without trials.
- Confucius

A man is as unhappy as he has convinced himself he is.
- Seneca

Before you criticize a man,
walk a mile in his shoes.
- Anonymous

The man who goes alone can start today;
but he who travels with another
must wait till that other is ready.
- Henry David Thoreau

I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing,
and that is that I know nothing.
- Socrates

A great man is always willing to be little.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Take a chance! All life is a chance.
The man who goes farthest is generally
the one who is willing to do and dare.
- Dale Carnegie

There is a sufficiency in the world
for man's need but not for man's greed.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

If a man can... make a better mousetrap,
the world will make a beaten path to his door.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The more a man can forget, the greater the number
of metamorphoses which his life can undergo,
the more he can remember, the more divine his life becomes.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth,
and if a man does not know what a thing is,
it is at least an increase in knowledge
if he knows what it is not.
- Carl Jung

Non-violence requires a double faith,
faith in God and also faith in man.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

If the stars should appear
but one night every thousand years
how man would marvel and stare.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding
and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I submit to you that if a man hasn't
discovered something that he will die for,
he isn't fit to live.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head,
and knows not that it brings abundance
to drive away the hunger.
- Saint Basil

If a man empties his purse into his head,
no man can take it away from him.
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
- Benjamin Franklin

We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me,
that man with all his noble qualities...
still bears in his bodily frame
the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.
- Charles Darwin

It is what a man thinks of himself
that really determines his fate.
- Henry David Thoreau

Man becomes great exactly in the degree
in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right.
Men will believe what they see.
- Henry David Thoreau

During the first period of a man's life
the greatest danger is not to take the risk.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The eyes of the cheerful and of the melancholy man
are fixed upon the same creation;
but very different are the aspects which it bears to them.
- Albert Pike


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