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Till now poets were privileged to insert a ...
by John C. Ransom

Till now poets were privileged to insert a certain proportion of nonsense -
very far in excess of one-half of one per cent -
into their otherwise sober documents.
- John C. Ransom

Their free verse was no form at all,
yet it made history.
- John C. Ransom

It is a miracle of harmony, of the adaptation of the
free inner life to the outward necessity of things.
- John C. Ransom

And yet what is Modernism? It is undefined.
- John C. Ransom

 

He can develop sense and style, in the manner of distinguished modern prose,
in which event he may be sure that the result will
not fall into any objective form.
- John C. Ransom

Or he can work it out as a metrical and formal exercise,
but he will be disappointed in its content.
The New Year's prospect fairly chills his daunting breast.
- John C. Ransom

The arts generally have had to recognize Modernism -
how should poetry escape?
- John C. Ransom

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When critics are waiting to pounce upon poetic style
on exactly the same grounds as if it were prose,
the poets tremble.
- John C. Ransom

But we moderns are impatient and destructive.
- John C. Ransom

And how can poetry stand up against its new conditions?
Its position is perfectly precarious.
- John C. Ransom

Too much is demanded by the critic, attempted by the poet.
- John C. Ransom

For no art and no religion is possible until we make allowances,
until we manage to keep quiet the enfant terrible of
logic that plays havoc with the other faculties.
- John C. Ransom

Now between the meanings of words and their sounds
there is ordinarily no discoverable relation except one of accident;
and it is therefore miraculous,
to the mystic, when words which make sense can also
make a uniform objective structure of accents and rhymes.
- John C. Ransom

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

Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.
- Benjamin Franklin

Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
- Thomas Jefferson
(also attributed to Benjamin Franklin and Lord Chesterfield)

"Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely,
"and go on till you come to the end: then stop."
- Lewis Carroll

A son is a son till he takes him a wife,
a daughter is a daughter all of her life.
- Irish Traditional

Choose a friend as thou dost a wife,
till death separate you.
- William Penn

When you get into a tight place
and everything goes against you,
till it seems you cannot hold on a minute longer,
never give up then, for that is just
the place and time the tide will turn.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

Never put off till tomorrow
what you can do the day after tomorrow.
- Mark Twain

It ain't over till it's over.
- Yogi Berra

Do not save your loving speeches
For your friends till they are dead;
Do not write them on their tombstones,
Speak them rather now instead.
- Anna Cummins

Make the most of your regrets;
never smother your sorrow,
but tend and cherish it till it comes to have
a separate and integral interest.
To regret deeply is to live afresh.
- Henry David Thoreau

Call no man happy till he is dead.
- Aeschylus

We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Home, nowadays, is a place where part of the family
waits till the rest of the family brings the car back.
- Earl Wilson

Do not bite at the bait of pleasure,
till you know there is no hook beneath it.
- Thomas Jefferson

Then came Peter to him, and said,
Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me,
and I forgive him? till seven times?
Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee,
Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
- Matthew 18:21-22

I don't feel old.
I don't feel anything till noon.
That's when it's time for my nap.
- Bob Hope

My father always told me that
all businessmen were sons of bitches,
but I never believed it till now.
- John F. Kennedy

Don't gamble; take all your savings and buy some good
stock and hold it till it goes up,
then sell it.
If it don't go up, don't buy it.
- Will Rogers

Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.
- John Keats

Set your goals high, and don't stop till you get there.
- Bo Jackson

I'm gonna live till I die.
- Frank Sinatra

Pray till prayer makes you forget your own wish,
and leave it or merge it in God's will.
- Frederick William Robertson

Imperfection clings to a person, and if they wait till
they are brushed off entirely,
they would spin for ever on their axis,
advancing nowhere.
- Thomas Carlyle

Where you have no religion, you are sure to have no government,
for as religion disappears, anarchy takes place and
fixes a compleat Hell on earth till religion returns.
- Daniel Morgan

If I waited till I felt like writing,
I'd never write at all.
- Anne Tyler

The czar was always sending us commands -
you shall not do this and you shall not do that -
till there was very little left that we might do,
except pay tribute and die.
- Mary Antin

Ghosts, like ladies, never speak till spoke to.
- Richard Harris Barham

Truth, after all, wears a different face to everybody,
and it would be too tedious to wait till all were agreed.
- James Russell Lowell

When I was playing I felt tired all the time.
My recovery period was a lot longer than the other players.
They'd be ok after an hour - I'd have to stay in bed till the next session.
- Jonah Lomu

There are some men who lift the age they inhabit,
till all men walk on higher ground in that lifetime.
- Maxwell Anderson

My dearest friend in the movement is Jack Nichols.
If there were no such thing as gay or straight,
we would still talk and share experiences till the end of time.
- George Weinberg

The darkest day, if you live till tomorrow,
will have past away.
- William Cowper

I desire to put off my trial as long as I can till
I can get my evidence ready.
- William Kidd

My dad lived till he was 78, my mum was in her 80s,
and I've got two uncles who are in their 90s now.
- Ron Wood

Experience isn't interesting until it begins to repeat itself.
In fact, till it does that, it hardly is experience.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Success is full of promise till one gets it,
and then it seems like a nest from which the bird has flown.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Anything I've done up till May 27th 1999 was kind of an illusion,
existing without living.
My daughter, the birth of my daughter,
gave me life.
- Johnny Depp

A woman's life is not perfect or whole till she has
added herself to a husband.
Nor is a man's life perfect or whole till he has added to himself a wife.
- Anthony Trollope

If you put off everything till you're sure of it,
you'll never get anything done.
- Norman Vincent Peale

There is no glory in star or blossom till looked upon by a loving eye;
There is no fragrance in April breezes till breathed
with joy as they wander by.
- William C. Bryant

It seems unpleasantly refined to put things off till someone knows.
- William Empson

The first duty of man is to conquer fear;
he must get rid of it,
he cannot act till then.
- Thomas Carlyle

War is a game that is played with a smile.
If you can't smile, grin.
If you can't grin, keep out of the way till you can.
- Winston Churchill

But there is nothing to be done till a horse's head is settled.
- William Cavendish

Finding a good band is Iike finding a good wife.
You got to keep trying till you find the right one.
- Ace Frehley

Know the true value of time; snatch,
seize,
and enjoy every moment of it.
No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination:
never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day.
- Lord Chesterfield

You never know what you can do till you try.
- William Cobbett

Say not you know another entirely till you have divided an inheritance with him.
- Johann Kaspar Lavater

The game isn't over till the clock says zero.
- Paul Pierce

A person's character is but half formed till after wedlock.
- Charles Simmons

All...
religions show the same disparity between belief and practice,
and each is safe till it tries to exclude the rest.
- Thomas Wentworth

No one can be perfectly free till all are free;
no one can be perfectly moral till all are moral;
no one can be perfectly happy till all are happy.
- Herbert Spencer

If I have to, I'll go and direct theater and talk till the cows come home.
- Ridley Scott

There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that
he does not know till he takes up a pen to write.
- William Makepeace Thackeray

At the age of nineteen and a half, I went to the Land
of Israel to till its soil and live by the labour of my hands.
As I did not find work, I sought my livelihood elsewhere.
- Shmuel Y. Agnon

Success consists in being successful,
not in having potential for success.
Any wide piece of ground is the potential site of a palace,
but there's no palace till it's built.
- Fernando Pessoa

Farewell, dearest friend, never to see one another
any more till at the right hand of Christ.
- Donald Cargill


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