Quotes by John Masefield

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John Edward Masefield, OM (1 June 1878 12 May 1967), was an English poet and writer, and Poet Laureate from 1930 until his death in 1967. He is remembered as the author of the classic children's novels The Midnight Folk and The Box of Delights and a great deal of memorable poetry, including "Sea-Fever", from his anthology Saltwater Ballads. more

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I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky; and all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.

Commonplace people dislike tragedy because they dare not suffer and cannot exult.
What am I, Life? A thing of watery salt held in cohesion by unresting cells. Which work they know not why, which never halt, myself unwitting where their Master dwells?

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