Quotes by Philip Larkin

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Philip Arthur Larkin (August 9, 1922 December 2, 1985) was an English poet, novelist and jazz critic. He was offered, the Poet Laureateship following the death of John Betjeman, but declined. He spent his working life as a university librarian. Larkin died of esophageal cancer and is buried in the Cottingham Municipal Cemetery, Hull.

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Life has a practice of living you, if you don't live it.

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.
Sexual intercourse began In nineteen sixty-three (Which was rather late for me)--Between the end of the Chatterley ban And the Beatles' first LP.
Above all, though, children are linked to adults by the simple fact that they are in process of turning into them. For this they may be forgiven much. Children are bound to be inferior to adults, or there is no incentive to grow up.
Perhaps being old is having lighted rooms inside your head, and people in them, acting. People you know, yet can't quite name.
Continuing to live--that is, repeat A habit formed to get necessaries--Is nearly always losing, or going without.
Presents and parties disappear, The cards grow fewer year by year, Till, when one reaches sixty-five, How many care we're still alive?
I spent my second quarter-century Losing what I had learnt at university And refusing to take in what had happened since.
Why should I let the toad work Squat on my life? Can't I use my wit as a pitchfork and drive the brute off?
You can't put off being young until you retire.
. . . lucky August, best of months For us, as for that Roman once--For you're a Leo, same as me (Isn't it comforting to be So lordly, selfish, vital, strong?
Spring, of all seasons most gratuitous, Is fold of untaught flower, is race of water, Is earth's most multiple, excited daughter; And those she has least use for see her best.
Thinking in terms of one Is easily done-- One room, one bed, one chair, One person there, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . But counting up to two Is harder to do.

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