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" Ambition may be defined as the willingness to receive any number of hits on the nose. "
" I am only conscious of any satisfaction in Scientific Reading or thinking when it rounds off into a poetical generality and vagueness. "
" A Poem does not grow by jerks. As trees in Spring produce a new ring of tissue, so does every poet put forth a fresh outlay of stuff at the same season. "
" The war effects me less than it ought. I can do no service to anybody by agitating for news or making dole over the slaughter. "
" Never fear: Thank Home, and Poetry, and the Force behind both. "
" She is elegant rather than belle. "
" All a poet can do today is warn. "
" I find purer philosophy in a Poem than in a Conclusion of Geometry, a chemical analysis, or a physical law. "
" We were marooned in a frozen desert. There was not a sign of life on the horizon and a thousand signs of death... The marvel is we did not all die of cold. "
" All theological lore is growing distasteful to me. All my recent excursions into such fields proves it to be a shifting, hypothetical, doubt-fostering, dusty, and unprofitable study. "
" Those who have no hope pass their old age shrouded with an inward gloom. "
" The English say, Yours Truly, and mean it. The Italians say, I kiss your feet, and mean, I kick your head. "
" All theological lore is becoming distasteful to me. "
" After all my years of playing soldiers, and then of reading History, I have almost a mania to be in the East, to see fighting, and to serve. "
" Do you know what would hold me together on a battlefield? The sense that I was perpetuating the language in which Keats and the rest of them wrote! "
" If I have got to be a soldier, I must be a good one, anything else is unthinkable. "
" I was a boy when I first realized that the fullest life liveable was a Poet's. "
" My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity. "
" All I ask is to be held above the barren wastes of want. "
" Be bullied, be outraged, be killed, but do not kill. "
" Flying is the only active profession I would ever continue with enthusiasm after the War. "
" I am marooned on a Crag of Superiority in an ocean of soldiers. "
" When I begin to eliminate from the list all those professions which are impossible from a financial point of view and then those which I feel disinclined to - it leaves nothing. "
" Numbers of the old people cannot read. Those who can seldom do. "