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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

It is my choice to care deeply about others.
No kindness is too small to be important -
the smile to the bank teller,
the sincere "thank you" for all kindnesses received,
the reassuring hand on the shoulder of a loved one or friend.
There is compassion in selfless generosity,
but there is also compassion in heartfelt empathy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved:
It is God's finger on man's shoulder.
- Charles Morgan

It was on my fifth birthday that Papa put his hand on my shoulder and said,
'Remember, my son, if you ever need a helping hand,
you'll find one at the end of your arm.'
- Sam Levenson

We, therefore, here in Britain stand shoulder to shoulder
with our American friends in this hour of tragedy,
and we, like them, will not rest until this evil is driven from our world.
- Tony Blair

Responsibilities gravitate to the person who can shoulder them.
- Tom Stoppard

I was supposed to be on the Tonight Show but I broke my shoulder instead.
- Rip Taylor

A few years ago I was at a party and this guy threw me over his shoulder,
ran across the street, put me in his car,
and stuck his tongue in my mouth.
- Rachel Bilson

It has been an ache and a joy both to look over this
big shoulder of mine at all my yesterdays.
- Ethel Waters

No matter how subtle the wizard, a knife between the
shoulder blades will cramp his style.
- Steven Brust

Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is
as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while
you write a letter to your girl.
- Ernest Hemingway

I can't swim at the level I used to.
I had to retire because of an injury to my shoulder.
- Scott Speedman

Remember, a chip on the shoulder is a sure sign of wood higher up.
- Brigham Young

A political leader must keep looking over his shoulder
all the time to see if the boys are still there.
If they aren't still there, he's no longer a political leader.
- Bernard Baruch

You can't go to a negotiating table pointing a gun,
but you've got to keep it over your shoulder.
- Joe Slovo

Well, where is the money? Show me the money? Our allies
have put up a few billion dollars,
but the American taxpayer has been required to shoulder the burden of this war.
- Jim Cooper

Tony Blair has turned his back on the principles he
claimed he believed in before he stood shoulder-to-shoulder with George W. Bush.
He was an entirely different kind of leader.
- Bianca Jagger

The greatest ability in business is to get along with
others and influence their actions.
A chip on the shoulder is too heavy a piece of baggage to carry through life.
- John Hannah

Man is always looking for someone to boast to;
woman is always looking for a shoulder to put her head on.
- H. L. Mencken

I have had shoulder injuries in the past,
but usually it's from training.
- Warren Cuccurullo

In a way you can feel that the poet actually is looking over your shoulder,
and you say to yourself, now, how would this go for
him? Would this do or not?
- Robert Fitzgerald

Put your shoulder to the wheel.
- Aesop

When I sing, trouble can sit right on my shoulder and I don't even notice.
- Sarah Vaughan

The pat on the back, the arm around the shoulder,
the praise for what was done right and the sympathetic
nod for what wasn't are as much a part of golf as life itself.
- Gerald R. Ford

Most of the hits I take come on top of the shoulder pads.
- Eric Dickerson

I can pull a bone out of my shoulder and dislocate it.
- Kylie Bax

The beautiful heroine might be thinking,
How long must I bury my face on this wretched man's
shoulder? Such is not the always the case,
but quite often it is.
- Ivor Novello

I often think that a slightly exposed shoulder emerging
from a long satin nightgown packs more sex than two naked bodies in bed.
- Bette Davis

If you're a competitive person, that stays with you.
You don't stop.
You always look over your shoulder.
- Magic Johnson

One person doesn't have to shoulder all the responsibility
for why a film does or doesn't do well.
- Kevin Costner

A lot of people thought I was going to be a one-hit wonder,
so I had that chip on my shoulder.
- Bubba Sparxxx

We came in today with a chip on our shoulder to prove who we are.
- Bill Laimbeer

That's the difference between golf and many other sports.
You go to some other sporting events,
they just leave you or give you the cold shoulder and move on.
- Bernhard Langer

Definitely they write themselves.
It's an amazing experience.
It's like the characters have come alive and are sitting
on my shoulder talking to me,
telling me their tales.
- R. A. Salvatore

I'm here instead of having shoulder surgery.
But I'm not sure which is more painful.
- James Caan

America I'm putting my queer shoulder to the wheel.
- Allen Ginsberg

Why is it that right-wing bastards always stand shoulder
to shoulder in solidarity,
while liberals fall out among themselves?
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

He who is silent must be agreed with,
for what shall the wings of opposition thresh upon,
without the winds of conversation to shoulder them.
- Bryant H. McGill

It's hard for a fellow to keep a chip on his shoulder
if you allow him to take a bow.
- Billy Rose

Our society finds truth too strong a medicine to digest undiluted.
In its purest form, truth is not a polite tap on the shoulder.
It is a howling reproach.
- Ted Koppel

Sexiness should not be overt.
Something shapeless that drapes across your hip,
hangs off the shoulder; something that cowls in the front,
drapes low in the back, that's sexy.
- Rachel Zoe

You're feeling the responsibility for hundreds of thousands,
if not millions, of people on your shoulder in a way
that I couldn't feel as lieutenant governor.
- William Scranton

He isn't a real boss until he has trained subordinates
to shoulder most of his responsibilities.
- William Feather

My yesterdays walk with me.
They keep step, they are gray faces that peer over my shoulder.
- William Golding

They think because I'm small, they can do what they want to do to me.
But I'm not weak.
If I lower my shoulder and they lower they're shoulder,
they're going to go down.
- Michael Johnson

Eric Clapton always wanted to come out onstage with
a stuffed parrot on his shoulder.
- Neil Innes

I don't buy the tabloids, but you're surrounded by
it all and people tell you things they've read.
I'd be sitting on a train looking over someone's shoulder and thinking:
That's familiar...
oh my God, it's me.
- Francesca Annis

I don't know why my lines that were cut from the film
didn't make it onto the DVD.
I have offered to go into the editing room with Christopher
and work shoulder to shoulder with him to fit all my lines in.
I think he thinks I'm kidding.
I'm only trying to help.
- Fred Willard

Yes, I see the Mobile Base System really is the shoulder of the arm.
The arm is right there, like a human arm.
It's really funny to look at the similarities between
a human arm and the Canadian robotics arm.
- Philippe Perrin

If you start becoming withdrawn and looking over your shoulder,
being careful about what you say, that's being paranoid.
This is an open, accessible team.
That's been my trademark for years.
- Art Modell

This is a very screwed-up business.
Record labels don't sign a lot of bands these days.
We just want to find a home and stay there and make
records and do our thing and not have to look over our shoulder.
- Andy Taylor

We should have been there shoulder to shoulder with our allies.
Our concern is the instability of our government as an ally.
We are playing again with national and global security matters.
- Stephen Harper

However, I don't feel the world is looking over my
shoulder when I am working -
I never think about this at all.
What I think about is trying to make my work pure,
and if it is pure then it can be accessible.
It is quite straight forward really.
- Ian Hamilton Finlay

The holiday season promotes
a heightened sense of community.
It draws our chins up and
helps us look above and over
the limiting fence of our own events,
activities and preoccupations.
The opportunity for a heroic gesture
can tap you quietly on the shoulder
in the midst of a holiday bustle.
If you are attentive,
you will notice the gentle touch
and will be able to respond. Remember...
There are no small acts of kindness.
Every compassionate act makes large the world.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

In the beginning, though, I have to admit that I did
have a chip on my shoulder.
I did want to prove everyone wrong.
But after I went through the process and came out the other side,
it wasn't about anyone else.
- Billy Corgan


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