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Laurence Housman Quotes and Sayings

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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

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

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

 

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

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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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

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

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 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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

To the mind that is still,
the whole universe surrenders.
- Lao Tzu PHOTO

In spite of unseasonable wind, snow
and unexpected weather of all sorts -
a gardener still plants.
And tends what they have planted ...
believing that Spring will come.
- Mary Anne Radmacher PHOTO

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank PHOTO

Don't die with your music still inside you.
Listen to your intuitive inner voice
and find what passion stirs your soul.
- Wayne Dyer PHOTO

There is more value in a very good painting
that is completed and on display,
than in an excellent painting
that is still in the artist's studio,
or perhaps still in his mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Faith is the bird that feels the light
and sings when the dawn is still dark.
- Rabindranath Tagore

When one has nothing to lose, one becomes courageous.
We are timid only when
there is something we can still cling to.
- Carlos Castaneda

I am only one, but still I am one.
I cannot do everything, but still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
- Helen Keller

Be not afraid of growing slowly,
be afraid only of standing still.
- Chinese Proverb

Learn to become still. And to take your attention
away from what you don't want, and all the emotional charge around it,
and place your attention on what you wish to experience.
- Michael Beckwith

For time and the world do not stand still.
Change is the law of life.
And those who look only to the past or the present
are certain to miss the future.
- John F. Kennedy

We must adjust to changing times
and still hold to unchanging principles.
- Jimmy Carter

In spite of everything, I still believe
that people are really good at heart.
I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation
consisting of confusion, misery and death.
- Anne Frank

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
- Anne Frank

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation
and go to the grave with the song still in them.
- Henry David Thoreau

Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations.
For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live.
- Henry David Thoreau

The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Do what you love.
Know your own bone;
gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it,
and gnaw it still.
- Henry David Thoreau

I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything,
I still believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank

What are you committed to?
Have you started, or are you still thinking about it -
and making excuses?
Do you work toward your goal each day?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

The human voice can never reach the distance
that is covered by the still small voice of conscience.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

We still do not know one thousandth of one percent
of what nature has revealed to us.
- Albert Einstein

He who controls others may be powerful,
but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.
- Lao Tzu

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

You know that place between sleeping and awake,
that place where you can still remember dreaming?
That's where I'll always think of you.
- James M. Barrie

Don't die with your music still inside you.
- Wayne Dyer

Today Is More Joyful Than Yesterday,
And Tomorrow Will Be More Joyful Still.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The good news is that you aren't
as important as you thought you were.
Relax. The weight of the world
is not on your shoulders.
Take a day off.
Go for a long silent walk in the woods.
The world will still be there tomorrow -
as good and as bad as ever.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Goes the song, "we change, we change."
But the music is still mine.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Don't part with your illusions.
When they are gone you may still exist,
but you have ceased to live.
- Mark Twain

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams.
Think not about your frustrations,
but about your unfulfilled potential.
Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in,
but with what it is still possible for you to do.
- Pope John XXIII

As your spirit soars throughout
the vast Cathedral of Your Being,
look now into the still waters
of the reflecting pool and behold the face of God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Relax. Take a day off.
Go for a long silent walk in the woods.
The world will still be there tomorrow -
as good and as bad as ever.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Never cease loving a person, and never give up hope for him,
for even the prodigal son who had fallen most low,
could still be saved; the bitterest enemy
and also he who was your friend could again be your friend;
love that has grown cold can kindle
- Soren Kierkegaard

A friend encourages your dreams and offers advice -
but when you don't follow it,
they still respect and love you.
- Doris Wild Helmering

Look now into the still waters
of the reflecting pool
and behold the face of God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Be still and know who you are.
- Kirtana

The sage does not hoard.
The more he helps others, the more he benefits himself,
Having bestowed all he has on others, he has yet more;
having given all he has to others, he is richer still.
- Lao Tzu

Your friend is the man who knows all about you,
and still likes you.
- Elbert Hubbard

It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals,
because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out.
Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything
I still believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank

"Fair" is not a useful concept.
Life is not "fair."
You can't make life "fair."
You can get angry.
You can complain about life not being "fair."
You can attempt revenge - perhaps violently.
You can inflict great suffering upon yourself
in the name of life being "unfair."
And Life is still not "fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A friend should be a master at guessing and keeping still.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.
- Anonymous

Our creator is the same and never changes
despite the names given Him by people here
and in all parts of the world.
Even if we gave Him no name at all,
He would still be there, within us,
waiting to give us good on this earth.
- George Washington Carver

God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say.
Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful:
he makes saints out of sinners.
- Soren Kierkegaard


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