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Laurence Housman Quotes and Sayings
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I have always been a writer of letters,
and of long ones; so, when I first thought of writing
a book in the form of letters,
I knew that I could do it quickly and easily.
- Laurence Housman

That was luck: I should not then have been a conscientious objector;
but I am quite sure that the abominations of war would have made me one,
as soon as I got to the front.
- Laurence Housman

On that other novels followed: but I still wrote fairy
tales and dreamy poems of another world.
- Laurence Housman

I believe absolutely in love being the central motive force of the universe.
- Laurence Housman

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The modern form of things had begun to appeal to me,
also (as material for satire) politics,
and the lives of the great and little,
high up in the social scale.
- Laurence Housman

For the last half of my life I have had the doubtful
benefit of a brother whose literary reputation is much greater than my own.
- Laurence Housman

It is right and natural that generous minds while in
the twenties should think the books which try to reform
the world's wrong the greatest of all.
- Laurence Housman


 

Life is the most versatile thing under the sun;
and in the pursuit of life and character the author
who works in a groove works in blinkers.
- Laurence Housman

It was then, I think, that I discovered that the best
way of bringing a medieval subject home to my generation
was not to be medieval in its treatment.
- Laurence Housman

I still think that if the human race,
or even one nation, could only get right about its
God the rest would follow.
- Laurence Housman

If I loved all the world as I do you,
I shouldn't write books to it: I should only write letters to it,
and that would be only a clumsy stage on the way to entire telepathy.
- Laurence Housman

I shall not die young, for I am already near seventy:
I may die old.
- Laurence Housman

It is the sincerest thing I have written,
caught by the drama of a soul struggling in the contrary
toils of love and religion -
death brought them into harmony.
- Laurence Housman

My brother used to say that I wrote faster than he could read.
He wrote two books - of poems - better than all mine put together.
- Laurence Housman

Two more years were to go by before I knew anything about William Blake.
Many years later, when his wife died,
my godfather gave me the two books as a remembrance.
- Laurence Housman

If I live for another ten years I shall probably have
written all that I want to write.
- Laurence Housman

I was just then going through a healthy reaction from
the orthodoxy of my youth;
religion had become for me not so much a possession as an obsession,
which I was trying to throw off, and this iconoclastic
tale of an imaginary tribe was the result.
- Laurence Housman

Prosecution I have managed to avoid;
but I have been arrested,
charged in a police court, have refused to be bound over,
and thereupon have been unconditionally released -
to my great regret; for I have always wanted to know
what going to prison was like.
- Laurence Housman

Suicide is possible, but not probable;
hanging,
I trust, is even more unlikely; for I hope that,
by the time I die, my countrymen will have become civilised
enough to abolish capital punishment.
- Laurence Housman

But it has also enabled me to find my feet as a lecturer
and a reader of my own plays to audiences who like to hear them;
and that experience of immediate appreciation gives
greater pleasure and more stimulus towards further
activity than even the most laudatory of reviews.
- Laurence Housman

The mere dates of my existence do not interest me,
except in one connection.
When the Great War started I was too old to be acceptable as a volunteer;
when conscription followed I was too old to be conscripted.
- Laurence Housman

I had never thought of myself as a dramatist,
and, for really good technical results,
the thought came too late: a man of letters has become
too wordy to write economically for the stage.
- Laurence Housman

My failure, during the first five or six years of my art training,
to get set in the right direction, and the disappointment which it caused me,
drove me the more persistently into writing as an alternative.
- Laurence Housman

My best chance is that, in a happy moment,
I hit upon St Francis as the subject for a series of plays.
Others might have written them better:
but,
as I have written them, the advantage will probably remain mine.
- Laurence Housman

The man who bears my name, and who claims to be me,
was born on July 15, 1865, the sixth in a family of seven.
He was an ugly child, and remained ugly till his eighteenth year,
when his looks gradually improved.
- Laurence Housman

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell PHOTO

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

For all sad words of tongue and pen,
The saddest are these, "It might have been.
- John Greenleaf Whittier PHOTO

Anger is a killing thing:
it kills the man who angers,
for each rage leaves him less than he had been before -
it takes something from him.
- Louis L'Amour

Calm provides clarity. Pause to consider
the gifts you have been given,
the difference you have made
and the direction in which you are headed.
- Anonymous

An "always been" does not mean I must choose "what must be."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

NO ONE has been granted the authority to tell me
how my life should be lived.
I answer only to myself and to Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love like you've never been hurt,
dance like no one is watching,
live as though heaven is on earth.
- Satchel Paige

How far you go in life depends on you being
tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged,
sympathetic with the striving
and tolerant of the weak and the strong.
Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
- George Washington Carver

Your innermost core has always been pure.
Purity is intrinsic to you,
it cannot be taken away.
- Osho

The highest thinkers of the ages,
the seers of the tribes and the nations,
have been optimists.
- Helen Keller

Failure does not exist.
Failure is simply someone else's opinion of how
a certain act should have been completed.
Once you believe that no act must be performed
in any specific other-directed way,
then failing becomes impossible.
- Wayne Dyer

Work like you don't need the money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
Dance like nobody's watching.
- Satchel Paige

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues
have never been discovered.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I accept that no one else has ever been to blame
for either my joy or my suffering.
The entire cause of all my joys and all my sufferings
is my own emotional response to the events of my life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You have not been abandoned.
You are never alone, except by your own choice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What is admirable about those
who have been of great service to humanity
is not that they suffered in being of service,
but that they found their source of happiness
(joy if you prefer) in that service.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Cheer for endings - whether goals have been met or not -
whether the ending is tidy or ragged.
Without endings, there would be neither the opportunity
nor the incentive to think new thoughts,
and to begin great new projects.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

God, as Truth, has been for me a treasure beyond price.
May He be so to every one of us.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared
believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.
- Bruce Barton

Most of the important things in the world
have been accomplished by people
who have kept on trying
when there seemed to be no hope at all.
- Dale Carnegie

Pick up a stone that feels good to you
and is small enough to hold in one hand.
Consider how long that stone has been around
and what enormous pressure it has experienced.
Draw strength from its long history.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I have always been regretting that
I was not as wise as the day I was born.
- Henry David Thoreau

Competition has been shown to be useful
up to a certain point and no further,
but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today,
begins where competition leaves off.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

For as long as I can remember, I've been searching for something,
some reason why we're here. What are we doing here? Who are we?
If this is a chance to find out
even just a little part of that answer...
I don't know, I think it's worth a human life. Don't you?
- the Jodie Foster movie Contact (1997)

I accept everything that ever has been,
with no regrets, no resentments, and no call for vengeance.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What work I have done I have done because it has been play.
If it had been work I shouldn't have done it.
- Mark Twain

Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth
until the hour of separation.
- Khalil Gibran

Like a Butterfly, I have been Reborn
with Bold Colors and Strong Wings.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Education is what survives when
what has been learned has been forgotten.
- B. F. Skinner

When we quarrel, how we wish we had been blameless.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

My experience has been that work is
almost the best way to pull oneself out of the depths.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

When we see the face of God
we shall know that we have always known it.
He has been a party to, has made, sustained
and moved moment by moment within,
all our earthly experiences of innocent love.
- C. S. Lewis

Re-examine all that you have been told...
dismiss that which insults your soul.
- Walt Whitman

The heart is always right -
if there's a question of choosing between the mind and the heart -
because mind is a creation of the society.
It has been educated.
You have been given it by the society, not by existence.
The heart is unpolluted.
- Osho

It is never too late to become what you might have been.
- George Eliot

To have done anything just for money
is to have been truly idle.
- Henry David Thoreau

I have compassion for everyone who has ever
been a player upon the stage of my life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

All life is change.
Release your attachment to the way things have been,
and wend your way joyfully
through life's unfolding majesty.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

God is the great mysterious motivator of what we call nature,
and it has often been said by philosophers,
that nature is the will of God.
And I prefer to say that nature
is the only body of God that we shall ever see.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

My life has been filled with terrible misfortune;
most of which never happened.
- Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

I've had two proposals since I've been a widow.
I am a wonderful catch, you know.
I have a lot of money.
- Ruth Rendell

My path has not been determined.
I shall have more experiences and pass many more milestones.
- Agnetha Faltskog

I've been amazed at how often those outside the discipline
of design assume that what designers do is decoration.
Good design is problem solving.
- Jeffery Veen

No matter where I've been overseas, the food stinks,
except in Italy.
- Carmen Electra


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