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Philip Larkin quotes: Any memory for the most part depending on chance. Any memory for the most part depending on chance.
Philip Larkin quotes: The difficult part of loveIs being selfish enough ... The difficult part of love
Is being selfish enough ...
Philip Larkin quotes: Only the young can be alone freely. The time is shorter now for company, And sitting by a lamp more often brings Not peace, but other things. Only the young can be alone freely. The time is shorter now for company, And sitting by a lamp more often brings Not peace, but other things.
Philip Larkin quotes: I am awakened each dawnIncreasingly to fear ... I am awakened each dawn
Increasingly to fear ...
Philip Larkin quotes: What are days for? Days are where we live. They come, they wake us Time and time over. Theyare to be happy in: Where can we live but days? What are days for? Days are where we live. They come, they wake us Time and time over. Theyare to be happy in: Where can we live but days?
Philip Larkin quotes: Poetry is emotional in nature and theatrical in operation. Poetry is emotional in nature and theatrical in operation.
Philip Larkin quotes: I wouldn't mind seeing China if I could come back the same day. I wouldn't mind seeing China if I could come back the same day.
Philip Larkin quotes: Many modern novels have a beginning, a muddle and an end. Many modern novels have a beginning, a muddle and an end.
Philip Larkin quotes: Living toys are something novel,But it soon wears off somehow. Living toys are something novel,
But it soon wears off somehow.
Philip Larkin quotes: They mess you up, your Mom and Dad. They may not mean to, but they do. They fill you with the faults they had. And add some extra, just for They mess you up, your Mom and Dad. They may not mean to, but they do. They fill you with the faults they had. And add some extra, just for you
Philip Larkin quotes: I think that at the bottom of all art lies the impulse to preserve. I think that at the bottom of all art lies the impulse to preserve.
Philip Larkin quotes: The sight of the money depressed her, because in such small familiar things the foreign country around her was best expressed. The sight of the money depressed her, because in such small familiar things the foreign country around her was best expressed.
Philip Larkin quotes: Poetry should begin with emotion in the poet, and end with the same emotion in the reader. The poem is simply the instrument of transferance Poetry should begin with emotion in the poet, and end with the same emotion in the reader. The poem is simply the instrument of transferance
Philip Larkin quotes: In life, as in art, talking vitiates doing. In life, as in art, talking vitiates doing.
Philip Larkin quotes: Originality is being different from oneself, not others. Originality is being different from oneself, not others.
Philip Larkin quotes: My age fallen away like white swaddlingFloats in the middle distance, becomesAn inhabited cloud. My age fallen away like white swaddling
Floats in the middle distance, becomes
An inhabited cloud.
Philip Larkin quotes: JoyIs for the simple or the great to feel,Neither of which we are. Joy
Is for the simple or the great to feel,
Neither of which we are.
Philip Larkin quotes: Everyone should be forcibly transplanted to another continent from their family at the age of three. Everyone should be forcibly transplanted to another continent from their family at the age of three.
Philip Larkin quotes: Man hands on misery to man. It deepens like a coastal shelf. Get out as early as you can, and don't have any kids yourself. Man hands on misery to man. It deepens like a coastal shelf. Get out as early as you can, and don't have any kids yourself.
Philip Larkin quotes: A very crude difference between novels and poetry is that novels are about other people and poetry is about yourself. A very crude difference between novels and poetry is that novels are about other people and poetry is about yourself.
Philip Larkin quotes: Still, vicious or virtuous,Love suits most of us. Still, vicious or virtuous,
Love suits most of us.
Philip Larkin quotes: Deprivation is for me what daffodils were for Wordsworth. Deprivation is for me what daffodils were for Wordsworth.
Philip Larkin quotes: Most things may never happen: this one will. Most things may never happen: this one will.
Philip Larkin quotes: What will survive of us is love.- from A Writer What will survive of us is love.

- from A Writer
Philip Larkin quotes: Life is first boredom, then fear, Life is first boredom, then fear,
Philip Larkin quotes: Here no elsewhere underwrites my existence. Here no elsewhere underwrites my existence.
Philip Larkin quotes: As a child, I thought I hated everybody, but when I grew up I realized it was just children I didn't like. As a child, I thought I hated everybody, but when I grew up I realized it was just children I didn't like.
Philip Larkin quotes: A good poem about failure is a success. A good poem about failure is a success.
Philip Larkin quotes: To write you must be warm, fed, loved and sober. To write you must be warm, fed, loved and sober.
Philip Larkin quotes: To start at a new place is always to feel incompetent & unwanted To start at a new place is always to feel incompetent & unwanted
Philip Larkin quotes: I think we got much better poetry when it was all regarded as sinful or subversive, and you had to hide it under the cushion when somebody came in. I think we got much better poetry when it was all regarded as sinful or subversive, and you had to hide it under the cushion when somebody came in.
Philip Larkin quotes: I wonder love can have already setIn dreams, when we've not metMore times than I can number on one hand. I wonder love can have already set
In dreams, when we've not met
More times than I can number on one hand.
Philip Larkin quotes: There is bad in all good authors: what a pity the converse isn't true! There is bad in all good authors: what a pity the converse isn't true!
Philip Larkin quotes: But O, Photography! as no art is, Faithful and disappointing! But O, Photography! as no art is,
Faithful and disappointing!
Philip Larkin quotes: Here is an unfenced existance Here is an unfenced existance
Philip Larkin quotes: I had a moral tutor, but never saw him (the only words of his I remember are 'The three pleasures of life -drinking, smoking, and masturbation') I had a moral tutor, but never saw him (the only words of his I remember are 'The three pleasures of life -drinking, smoking, and masturbation')
Philip Larkin quotes: The only way to eliminate unemployment is to eliminate unemployment benefits. The only way to eliminate unemployment is to eliminate unemployment benefits.
Philip Larkin quotes: ...the breath that sharpens life is life itself... ...the breath that sharpens life is life itself...
Philip Larkin quotes: You can't put off being young until you retire. You can't put off being young until you retire.
Philip Larkin quotes: Mother's electric blanket broke, & I have 'mended' it, so she may be practising suttee involuntarily before long. Mother's electric blanket broke, & I have 'mended' it, so she may be practising suttee involuntarily before long.
Philip Larkin quotes: Things are tougher than we are, justAs earth will always respondHowever we mess it about ... Things are tougher than we are, just
As earth will always respond
However we mess it about ...
Philip Larkin quotes: Most people know more as they get older:I give all that the cold shoulder. Most people know more as they get older:
I give all that the cold shoulder.
Philip Larkin quotes: Novels seem to me to be richer, broader, deeper, more enjoyable than poems. Novels seem to me to be richer, broader, deeper, more enjoyable than poems.
Philip Larkin quotes: Home is so sad. It stays as it was left, / Shaped to the comfort of the last to go / As if to win them back Home is so sad. It stays as it was left, / Shaped to the comfort of the last to go / As if to win them back
Philip Larkin quotes: How little our careers express what lies in us, and yet how much time they take up. It's sad, really. How little our careers express what lies in us, and yet how much time they take up. It's sad, really.
Philip Larkin quotes: On me your voice falls as they say love should,Like an enormous yes. On me your voice falls as they say love should,
Like an enormous yes.
Philip Larkin quotes: It's easy to write when you've nothing to write about(That is, when you are young) ... It's easy to write when you've nothing to write about
(That is, when you are young) ...
Philip Larkin quotes: Why can't one stop being a son without becoming a father? Why can't one stop being a son without becoming a father?
Philip Larkin quotes: They say eyes clear with age. They say eyes clear with age.
Philip Larkin quotes: Here is unfenced existence Here is unfenced existence
Philip Larkin quotes: SEX is designed for people who like overcoming obstacles. SEX is designed for people who like overcoming obstacles.
Philip Larkin quotes: Walk with the deadFor fear of death. Walk with the dead
For fear of death.
Philip Larkin quotes: To put one brick upon another,Add a third, and then a fourth,Leaves no time to wonder whetherWhat you do has any worth. To put one brick upon another,
Add a third, and then a fourth,
Leaves no time to wonder whether
What you do has any worth.
Philip Larkin quotes: I think writing about unhappiness is probably the source of my popularity, if I have any-after all, most people are unhappy, don't you think? I think writing about unhappiness is probably the source of my popularity, if I have any-after all, most people are unhappy, don't you think?
Philip Larkin quotes: Give me a thrill, says the reader,Give me a kick;I don't care how you succeed, orWhat subject you pick. Give me a thrill, says the reader,
Give me a kick;
I don't care how you succeed, or
What subject you pick.
Philip Larkin quotes: Life and literature is a question of what one thrills to, and further than that no man shall ever go without putting his foot in a turd. Life and literature is a question of what one thrills to, and further than that no man shall ever go without putting his foot in a turd.