Philip Larkin Quotes

Each rope distinct, Flagged, and the figurehead with golden tits Arching our way, it never anchors; it’s No sooner present than it turns to past. Right to the last We think each one will heave to and unload All good into our lives, all we are owed For waiting so devoutly and so long. But […]

I am not sure, once a poet has found out what has been written already, and how it was written – once, in short, he has learnt his trade – that he should bother with literature at all. Poetry is not like surgery, a technique that can be copied. Every operation the poet performs is […]

I can’t understand these chaps who go round American universities explaining how they write poems. It’s like going round explaining how you sleep with your wife.

Perhaps being old is having lighted rooms inside your head, and people in them, acting. People you know, yet can’t quite name.

When you get to the top, there is nowhere to go but down, but the Beatles could not get down. There they remain, unreachable, frozen, fabulous.