Snooki is a bestselling author? Huh? What? I don't know if I should dumb down my book, shoot myself or find a publisher who'll settle for a rough draft written on a Pop-Tart and a coconut lotion handie.

— Geoffrey Hill

The most tempting Geoffrey Hill quotes you will be delighted to read

I think art has a right — not an obligation — to be difficult if it wishes.

And, since people generally go on from this to talk about elitism versus democracy, I would add that genuinely difficult art is truly democratic.


... one of the things the tyrant most cunningly engineers is the gross over-simplification of language, because propaganda requires that the minds of the collective respond primitively to slogans of incitement.


Public toilets have a duty to be accessible, poetry does not.


September fattens on vines. Roses flake from the wall. The smoke of harmless fires drifts to my eyes. This is plenty. This is more than enough.


As estimated, you died. Things marched, sufficient, to that end. Just so much Zyklon and leather, patented terror, so many routine cries.


We are difficult. Human beings are difficult. We’re difficult to ourselves, we’re difficult to each other.


Autumn resumes the land, ruffles the woods with smoky wings, entangles them.


Platonic England, house of solitudes, rests in its laurels and its injured stone


Thus I grind to conclusion.


Dig -- the mostly uncouth -- language of grace.