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My object in living is to unite
My avocation and my vocation
As my two eyes make one in sight.

Poetry begins in delight and ends in wisdom.

Meetings are indispensable when you don't want to do anything.

Good fences make good neighbors.
Mending Wall (1914)

Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.

A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain.

A civilized society is one which tolerates eccentricity to the point of doubtful sanity.

A definite purpose, like blinders on a horse, inevitably narrows its possessor's point of view.

A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel.

A mother takes twenty years to make a man of her boy, and another woman makes a fool of him in twenty minutes.

A person will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body - the wishbone.

A poet never takes notes. You never take notes in a love affair.

A successful lawsuit is the one worn by a policeman.

All poetry is a reproduction of the tones of actual speech.

Always fall in with what you're asked to accept. Take what is given, and make it over your way. My aim in life has always been to hold my own with whatever's going. Not against: with.

An idea is a feat of association.

As it is more blessed to give than receive, so it must be more blessed to receive than to give back.

Being the boss anywhere is lonely. Being a female boss in a world of mostly men is especially so.

College is a refuge from hasty judgment.

Depression occurs when one looks back with no pride, and looks forward with no hope.

Education doesn't change life much. It just lifts trouble to a higher plane of regard.

Education is hanging around until you've caught on.

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.

Forgive me my nonsense as I also forgive the nonsense of those who think they talk sense.

Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee, and I'll forgive Thy great big joke on me.

Freedom lies in being bold.

Half the world is composed of those who have something to say but can't; the other half is of those who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.

Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.

Humor is the most engaging cowardice.

I alone of English writers have consciously set myself to make music out of what I may call the sound of sense.

I always entertain great hopes.

I am a writer of books in retrospect. I talk in order to understand; I teach in order to learn.

I go to school the youth to learn the future.

And were an epitaph to be my story, I'd have a short one ready for my own. I would have written of me on my stone: I had a lover's quarrel with the world.

I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.

I hold it to be the inalienable right of anybody to go to hell in his own way.

I never dared to be radical when young for fear it would make me conservative when old.

I often say of George Washington that he was one of the few in the whole history of the world who was not carried away by power.

I'd just as soon play tennis with the net down.

I'm not confused. I'm just well mixed.

If society fits you comfortably enough, you call it freedom.

If you don't know how great this country is, I know someone who does; Russia.

Isn't it funny that anything the Supreme Court says is right?

It's a funny thing that when a man hasn't anything on earth to worry about, he goes off and gets married.

Let him that is without stone among you cast the first thing he can lay his hands on.

Modern poets talk against business, poor things, but all of us write for money. Beginners are subjected to trial by market.

No memory of having starred atones for later disregard, or keeps the end from being hard.

No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.
No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.

Nobody was ever meant,
To remember or invent,
What he did with every cent.

Nothing can make injustice just but mercy.

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