Truth, like love and sleep, resents approaches that are too intense.
Evil is unspectacular and always human,And shares our bed and eats at our own table ….
Happy the hare at morning, for she cannot readThe hunter’s waking thoughts.
Coleridge’s description of Iago’s actions as “motiveless malignancy” applies in some degree to all the Shakespearian villains. The adjective motiveless means, firstly, that the tangible gains, if any, are clearly not the principal motive, and,...
And maps can really point to placesWhere life is evil now:Nanking. Dachau.
The way to read a fairy tale is to throw yourself in.
You shall love your crooked neighbour, with your crooked heart.
The desires of the heart are as crooked as corkscrews.
Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.
A child’s reading is guided by pleasure, but his pleasure is undifferentiated; he cannot distinguish, for example, between aesthetic pleasure and the pleasures of learning or daydreaming. In adolescence we realize that there are different...
Lay your sleeping head, my love,Human on my faithless arm;
no poet can know what his poem is going to be like until he has written it.
A dead man who never caused others to die seldom rates a statue.
I know nothing, except what everyone knows – if there when Grace dances, I should dance.
If equal affection cannot be,Let the more loving one be me.