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If a line of poetry strays into my memory,
by 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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
- Irish Blessing

In choosing joy, the finish line dissolves
into a different matter altogether.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

What power there is in our service when our actions
line up with our mission, skills and joy.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

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

There is a fine line between
the perseverance of the courageous tortoise
and the habit of the stubborn donkey.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not quit!
Hundreds of times I have watched people throw in the
towel at the one-yard line while someone else comes
along and makes a fortune by just going that extra yard.
- E. Joseph Cossman

It is better to lead from behind
and to put others in front,
especially when you celebrate victory
when nice things occur.
You take the front line when there is danger.
Then people will appreciate your leadership.
- Nelson Mandela

Life and death are one thread,
the same line viewed from different sides.
- Lao Tzu

Maybe I could have loved you better.
Maybe you should have loved me more.
Maybe our hearts were just next in line.
Maybe everything breaks sometime.
- Jewel

There's a fine line between genius and insanity.
I have erased this line.
- Oscar Levant

Not everyone is always going to like what you do.
Your job application, your book proposal,
your offer of marriage is going to
get rejected sometimes - perhaps often.
Your boss, your spouse, even the person
behind you in the supermarket checkout line
is occasionally going to think that you are doing it all wrong.
Don't take it personally.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out
where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately.
- George Carlin

Life is a constant opponent,
and an overpowering adversary if attacked directly.
The successful and happy ones dance lightly with life -
a parry here, a feint there - always engaged,
but never in the direct line of life's heaviest blows.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet,
though he has never written a line in all his life.
- George Sand

The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

I'm not sure I can say there is a clean line between
me as an individual and me as a lawyer.
- Anita Hill

The details are the very source of expression in architecture.
But we are caught in a vice between art and the bottom line.
- Arthur Erickson

The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy,
but that it is a bore.
It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line.
- H. L. Mencken

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

All right everyone, line up alphabetically according to your height.
- Casey Stengel

I don't know anything about music.
In my line you don't have to.
- Elvis Presley

Could I have but a line a century hence crediting a
contribution to the advance of peace,
I would yield every honor which has been accorded by war.
- Douglas MacArthur

There is a fine line between perseverance and insanity.
At what point have you tried your best,
and it's time to do something different?
It's a balance - a paradox.
If you get in the habit of giving up
as soon as something gets difficult,
your life won't work,
but if you keep tilting at windmills -
madly trying the same thing again and again,
your life also won't work.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Congress will pass a law restricting public comment
on the Internet to individuals who have spent a minimum
of one hour actually accomplishing a specific task while on line.
- Andy Grove

Wise are those who learn that the bottom line doesn't
always have to be their top priority.
- William Arthur Ward

'What's My Line' 1971 was a magical experience as I was still in my teens,
and it was my first appearance.
You know how they say you never forget 'your first'!
- Randy West

There is a thin line between politics and theatricals.
- Julian Bond

And to turn it into rap wasn't too difficult besides
just rhymin' the last words of each line.
- Slick Rick

I was training to be an electrician.
I suppose I got wired the wrong way round somewhere along the line.
- Elvis Presley

Today's society will ignore almost any form of public
behavior except getting in the express line with two extra items.
- Paul Sweeney

I think of art, at its most significant,
as a DEW line, a Distant Early Warning system that
can always be relied on to tell the old culture what
is beginning to happen to it.
- Marshall McLuhan

It's no secret that I love the Ultimate line.
- Robert Kirkman

No man can succeed in a line of endeavor which he does not like.
- Napoleon Hill

Actors take risks all the time.
We put ourselves on the line.
It is creative to be able to interpret someone's words
and breathe life into them.
- Patty Duke

The ones who were negotiating are now on the front line of this intifada,
because they found that the negotiations didn't give
them the minimum of their rights.
- Hassan Nasrallah

It was exactly an assembly line.
You could look into infinity down these rows of drawing tables.
- Gil Kane

Trust:
Perhaps you trust your doctor,
your lawyer, your boss - perhaps not.
Perhaps you trust in a "Higher Power" - perhaps you don't.
Trust is something that we become aware of in unusual situations,
such as a once-in-a-lifetime ride on a zip-line,
but most of the time, we become oblivious
to the trust we have, or don't have.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There's a fine line between the Method actor and the schizophrenic.
- Nicolas Cage

I start with the joke line and write backward.
- Nipsey Russell

But to me the bottom line is the more education you can give yourself,
and the more preparation you can do,
the less chance of failing.
- Stuart Pearce

It is refreshing to be able to express my views without
having to toe a party line.
It has got me into trouble on the odd occasion,
but I am not going to stop saying what I think.
- Pauline Hanson

Some of those stories in local newspapers are just
as dull and boring as the stories that I get from on-line services,
which are basically sort of straight news.
- Tabitha Soren

The line between failure and success is so fine that
we scarcely know when we pass it:
so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it.
- Elbert Hubbard

There are many crooked lines and one straight line.
Which is the line of truth? Why the straight line?
Truth is always the shortest distance between two points.
- Sun Myung Moon

Be able to back up a car for a considerable distance
in a straight line and back out of a driveway.
- Marilyn vos Savant

One thing will lead to another and somebody will come
up with a riff or a line or something we build from.
- Johnny Rivers

It is criminal to put our servicemen and women in harm's
way and to put the lives of so many civilians on the
line for the misguided frustrations of the Bush administration.
- Dave Matthews

The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line.
- W. E. B. Du Bois

The UN declaration on human rights must always be first
in line before religion or other cultural habits,
in case of any conflict between them.
- Bjorn Ulvaeus

You have to visualize a second or two ahead of your
car what line you are taking,
what you are going to do, before you get there because it comes too fast.
- Emerson Fittipaldi

I'm not going to those parties where they put out the
line of cocaine and stuff.
- Natalie Wood

The cardinal responsibility of leadership is to identify
the dominant contradiction at each point of the historical
process and to work out a central line to resolve it.
- Mao Tse-Tung

The American patriots of today continue the tradition
of the long line of patriots before them,
by helping to promote liberty and freedom around the world.
- John Linder

And, for instance, Baptists, Adventists,
Lutherans, Pentecostals - let them exist on line with others.
- Vladimir Zhirinovsky


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