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Born in June 1, 1878 / Died in May 12, 1967 / United Kingdom / English

Quotes by John Masefield

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.
Once in a century a man may be ruined or made insufferable by praise. But surely once in a minute something generous dies for want of it.
Poetry is a mixture of common sense, which not all have, with an uncommon sense, which very few have.
Commonplace people dislike tragedy because they dare not suffer and cannot exult.
It's a warm wind, the west wind, full of birds' cries.
The luck will alter and the star will rise.
Coming in solemn beauty like slow old tunes of Spain.
In the power and splendor of the universe, inspiration waits for the millions to come. Man has only to strive for it. Poems greater than the Iliad, plays greater than Macbeth, stories more engaging than Don Quixote await their seeker and finder.
There are few earthly things more beautiful than a university a place where those who hate ignorance may strive to know, where those who perceive truth may strive to make others see.
It is too maddening. I've got to fly off, right now, to some devilish navy yard, three hours in a seasick steamer, and after being heartily sick, I'll have to speak three times, and then I'll be sick coming home. Still, who would not be sick for England?
Out of the earth to rest or range Perpetual in perpetual change, The unknown passing through the strange.
Since moons decay and suns decline, How else should end this life of mine?
They change, and we, who pass like foam, Like dust blown through the streets of Rome, Change ever, too; we have no home,
Since the printing press came into being, poetry has ceased to be the delight of the whole community of man; it has become the amusement and delight of the few.
But gathering as we stray, a sense Of Life, so lovely and intense,...
His face was filled with broken commandments.
In this life he laughs longest who laughs last.