William Empson Quotes

Top 18 wise famous quotes and sayings by William Empson

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William Empson quotes: Law makes long spokes of the short stakes of men. Law makes long spokes of the short stakes of men.
William Empson quotes: The heart of standing is that you cannot fly. The heart of standing is that you cannot fly.
William Empson quotes: You don't want madhouse and the whole thing there. You don't want madhouse and the whole thing there.
William Empson quotes: The difficult part of good temper consists in forbearance, and accommodation to the ill-humors of others. The difficult part of good temper consists in forbearance, and accommodation to the ill-humors of others.
William Empson quotes: The machinations of ambiguity are among the very roots of poetry. The machinations of ambiguity are among the very roots of poetry.
William Empson quotes: It seems unpleasantly refined to put things off till someone knows. It seems unpleasantly refined to put things off till someone knows.
William Empson quotes: Poetry contains nothing haphazard. Poetry contains nothing haphazard.
William Empson quotes: Proust has listed a great many reasons why it is impossible to be happy, but, in the course of being happy, one finds it difficult to remember them. Proust has listed a great many reasons why it is impossible to be happy, but, in the course of being happy, one finds it difficult to remember them.
William Empson quotes: All those large dreams by which men long live well Are magic-lanterned on the smoke of hell. All those large dreams by which men long live well Are magic-lanterned on the smoke of hell.
William Empson quotes: This world is good enough for me, if only I can be good enough for it. This world is good enough for me, if only I can be good enough for it.
William Empson quotes: I'm afraid I take ... this rather clinical view of love: it's saving you from madness. I'm not so enthusiastic as other poets have been. I'm afraid I take ... this rather clinical view of love: it's saving you from madness. I'm not so enthusiastic as other poets have been.
William Empson quotes: Slowly the poison the whole blood stream fills. It is not the effort nor the failure tires. The waste remains, the waste remains and kills. Slowly the poison the whole blood stream fills. It is not the effort nor the failure tires. The waste remains, the waste remains and kills.