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For the last half of my life I have had the doubtful
by Laurence Housman

For the last half of my life I have had the doubtful
benefit of a brother whose literary reputation is much greater than my own.
- Laurence Housman

That was luck: I should not then have been a conscientious objector;
but I am quite sure that the abominations of war would have made me one,
as soon as I got to the front.
- Laurence Housman

It was then, I think, that I discovered that the best
way of bringing a medieval subject home to my generation
was not to be medieval in its treatment.
- Laurence Housman

My brother used to say that I wrote faster than he could read.
He wrote two books - of poems - better than all mine put together.
- Laurence Housman

 

It is right and natural that generous minds while in
the twenties should think the books which try to reform
the world's wrong the greatest of all.
- Laurence Housman

If I loved all the world as I do you,
I shouldn't write books to it: I should only write letters to it,
and that would be only a clumsy stage on the way to entire telepathy.
- Laurence Housman

Two more years were to go by before I knew anything about William Blake.
Many years later, when his wife died,
my godfather gave me the two books as a remembrance.
- Laurence Housman

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I shall not die young, for I am already near seventy:
I may die old.
- Laurence Housman

Life is the most versatile thing under the sun;
and in the pursuit of life and character the author
who works in a groove works in blinkers.
- Laurence Housman

I have always been a writer of letters,
and of long ones; so, when I first thought of writing
a book in the form of letters,
I knew that I could do it quickly and easily.
- Laurence Housman

On that other novels followed: but I still wrote fairy
tales and dreamy poems of another world.
- Laurence Housman

The modern form of things had begun to appeal to me,
also (as material for satire) politics,
and the lives of the great and little,
high up in the social scale.
- Laurence Housman

It is the sincerest thing I have written,
caught by the drama of a soul struggling in the contrary
toils of love and religion -
death brought them into harmony.
- Laurence Housman

If I live for another ten years I shall probably have
written all that I want to write.
- Laurence Housman

I still think that if the human race,
or even one nation, could only get right about its
God the rest would follow.
- Laurence Housman

I believe absolutely in love being the central motive force of the universe.
- Laurence Housman

I had never thought of myself as a dramatist,
and, for really good technical results,
the thought came too late: a man of letters has become
too wordy to write economically for the stage.
- Laurence Housman

The man who bears my name, and who claims to be me,
was born on July 15, 1865, the sixth in a family of seven.
He was an ugly child, and remained ugly till his eighteenth year,
when his looks gradually improved.
- Laurence Housman

My best chance is that, in a happy moment,
I hit upon St Francis as the subject for a series of plays.
Others might have written them better:
but,
as I have written them, the advantage will probably remain mine.
- Laurence Housman

I was just then going through a healthy reaction from
the orthodoxy of my youth;
religion had become for me not so much a possession as an obsession,
which I was trying to throw off, and this iconoclastic
tale of an imaginary tribe was the result.
- Laurence Housman

But it has also enabled me to find my feet as a lecturer
and a reader of my own plays to audiences who like to hear them;
and that experience of immediate appreciation gives
greater pleasure and more stimulus towards further
activity than even the most laudatory of reviews.
- Laurence Housman

The mere dates of my existence do not interest me,
except in one connection.
When the Great War started I was too old to be acceptable as a volunteer;
when conscription followed I was too old to be conscripted.
- Laurence Housman

Suicide is possible, but not probable;
hanging,
I trust, is even more unlikely; for I hope that,
by the time I die, my countrymen will have become civilised
enough to abolish capital punishment.
- Laurence Housman

My failure, during the first five or six years of my art training,
to get set in the right direction, and the disappointment which it caused me,
drove me the more persistently into writing as an alternative.
- Laurence Housman

Prosecution I have managed to avoid;
but I have been arrested,
charged in a police court, have refused to be bound over,
and thereupon have been unconditionally released -
to my great regret; for I have always wanted to know
what going to prison was like.
- Laurence Housman

Grin your smile; giggle your laugh; unfurl your joy;
dash the last trace of your self-consciousness;
and cavort your most uninhibited play.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore

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

Tough times never last but tough people do.
- Robert H. Schuller

Forgive and give as if it were your last opportunity.
Love like there's no tomorrow, and if tomorrow comes, love again.
- Max Lucado

No face which we can give to a matter
will stead us so well at last as the truth.
This alone wears well.
- Henry David Thoreau

People often say that motivation doesn't last.
Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.
- Zig Ziglar

Look at everything as though you were seeing it
either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
- Betty Smith

If patience is worth anything,
it must endure to the end of time.
And a living faith will last
in the midst of the blackest storm.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Habits are cobwebs at first, cables at last.
- Chinese proverb

"Good morning!" he said at last.
"We don't want any adventures here, thank you!
You might try over The Hill or across The Water."
- J. R. R. Tolkien

When you are in any contest,
you should work as if there were -
to the very last minute - a chance to lose it.
This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The first sigh of love is the last breath of wisdom.
- Anonymous

Most people give up just when
they're about to achieve success.
They quit on the one yard line.
They give up at the last minute of the game,
one foot from a winning touch down.
- Ross Perot

Nothing is at last sacred, but the integrity of your own mind.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never say or do anything you wouldn't want
to be the last thing you ever said or did.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Who were you before you put yourself last.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Non-violence is the first article of my faith.
It is also the last article of my creed.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Today is the first and last day of forever.
- Edward, from Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

All endeavor calls for the ability
to tramp the last mile,
shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil.
The fight to the finish spirit is the one...
characteristic we must posses
if we are to face the future as finishers.
- Henry David Thoreau

Every good relationship, especially marriage, is based on respect.
If it's not based on respect,
nothing that appears to be good will last very long.
- Amy Grant

Life is like jumping out of an airplane without a parachute -
only the last couple seconds are fatal,
but most people are scared to death the whole way down.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When was the last time you took
a different route to work ... just because?
Consider shaking up your life a little (or a lot) ...
for no reason, except to do it.
Let your life be an adventure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Appeasement" is the policy of feeding your friends to a crocodile,
one at a time, in hopes that the crocodile will eat you last.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Endings: sometimes a season of sorrow and grief.
Endings: what must precede new beginnings.
Life is an endless cycle of endings and beginnings.
Renewal and rebirth cannot occur without endings -
as the new year's crop can only be planted and flourish
in the decay of last year.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A person isn't who they are during
the last conversation you had with them -
they're who they've been
throughout your whole relationship.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

Do you not know that there comes a midnight hour
when every one has to throw off his mask?
Do you believe that life will always let itself be mocked?
Do you think you can slip away a little before midnight
in order to avoid this? Or are you not terrified by it?
I have seen men in real life who so long deceived others
that at last their true nature could not reveal itself;...
In every man there is something which to a certain degree
prevents him from becoming perfectly transparent to himself;
and this may be the case in so high a degree,
he may be so inexplicably woven into relationships of life
which extend far beyond himself that he almost cannot reveal himself.
But he who cannot reveal himself cannot love,
and he who cannot love is the most unhappy man of all.
- Soren Kierkegaard

I've learned that you should always
leave loved ones with loving words.
It may be the last time you see them.
- Anonymous

In all science, error precedes the truth,
and it is better it should go first than last.
- Hugh Walpole

My wife and I tried two or three times in the last 40 years
to have breakfast together,
but it was so disagreeable we had to stop.
- Winston Churchill

Every hero becomes a bore at last.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is only one difference between a long life and a good dinner:
that,
in the dinner, the sweets come last.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

In rivers, the water that you touch
is the last of what has passed
and the first of that which comes;
so with present time.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Man will never be free until the last king is strangled
with the entrails of the last priest.
- Denis Diderot

Occasionally I have come across a last patch of snow
on top of a mountain in late May or June.
There's something very powerful about finding snow in summer.
- Andy Goldsworthy

The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with,
but whether it is the same problem you had last year.
- John Foster Dulles

World War II was the last government program that really worked.
- George Will

We are not the same persons this year as last;
nor are those we love.
It is a happy chance if we, changing,
continue to love a changed person.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Well, it seems to me that the best relationships -
the ones that last -
are frequently the ones that are rooted in friendship.
You know, one day you look at the person
and you see something more than you did the night before.
Like a switch has been flicked somewhere.
And the person who was just a friend is...
suddenly the only person you can ever imagine yourself with.
- Dana Scully

The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality.
The last is to say thank you.
In between, the leader is a servant.
- Max de Pree

For every person who has ever lived there has come,
at last, a spring he will never see.
Glory then in the springs that are yours.
- Pam Brown

I'm an advocate of the great Dr. Johnson, the English
man of letters who said that patriotism was the last refuge of the scoundrel.
- George Galloway

The telephone is a 100-year-old technology.
It's time for a change.
Charging for phone calls is something you did last century.
- Niklas Zennstrom

After much prayerful consideration, I feel that I must
say I have climbed my last political mountain.
- George C. Wallace


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