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Wilfred Owen

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  • All I ask is to be held above the barren wastes of want.

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  • 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.

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  • The English say, Yours Truly, and mean it. The Italians say, I kiss your feet, and mean, I kick your head.

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  • I don't ask myself, is the life congenial to me? But, am I fitted for, am I called to, the Ministry?

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  • I was a boy when I first realized that the fullest life liveable was a Poet's.

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  • Be bullied, be outraged, by killed, but do not kill.

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  • 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.

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  • She is elegant rather than belle.

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  • Flying is the only active profession I would ever continue with enthusiasm after the War.

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  • Ambition may be defined as the willingness to receive any number of hits on the nose.

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  • My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity.

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  • I am only conscious of any satisfaction in Scientific Reading or thinking when it rounds off into a poetical generality and vagueness.

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  • Numbers of the old people cannot read. Those who can seldom do.

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  • All a poet can do today is warn.

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  • All theological lore is becoming distasteful to me.

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  • If I have got to be a soldier, I must be a good one, anything else is unthinkable.

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  • Those who have no hope pass their old age shrouded with an inward gloom.

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • I find purer philosophy in a Poem than in a Conclusion of Geometry, a chemical analysis, or a physical law.

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  • Never fear: Thank Home, and Poetry, and the Force behind both.

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  • 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.

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