That is the land of lost content, I see it shining plain, the happy highways where I went and cannot come again.

— A.E. Housman

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In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence, which seems to conceal a diabolical cunning.

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Ale, man, ale's the stuff to drink for fellows whom it hurts to think.

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The troubles of our proud and angry dust are from eternity, and shall not fail.

Bear them we can, and if we can we must. Shoulder the sky, my lad, and drink your ale.

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Here dead lie we because we did not choose to live and shame the land from which we sprung. Life, to be sure, is nothing much to lose; but young men think it is, and we were young.

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We for a certainty are not the first have sat in taverns while the tempest hurled their hopeful plans to emptiness, and cursed whatever brute and blackguard made the world.

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About the woodlands I will goTo see the cherry hung with snow.

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Malt does more than Milton can to justify God's ways to man.

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And silence sounds no worse than cheersAfter death has stopped the ears.

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On occasions, after drinking a pint of beer at luncheon, there would be a flow into my mind with sudden and unaccountable emotion, sometimes a line or two of verse, sometimes a whole stanza, accompanied, not preceded by a vague notion of the poem which they were destined to form a part of.... I say bubble up because, so far as I could make out, the source of the suggestions thus proffered to the brain was the pit of the stomach.

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Good literature continually read for pleasure must, let us hope, do some good to the reader: must quicken his perception though dull, and sharpen his discrimination though blunt, and mellow the rawness of his personal opinions.

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