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A. E. Housman quotes

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

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

A. E. Housman
Three minutes thought would suffice to find this out but thought is irksome and three minutes is a long time.