1.”Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

2.”Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again; Though lovers be lost love shall not. And death shall have no dominion.”

3.”To begin at the beginning: It is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible-black.”

4.”Though lovers be lost love shall not.”

5.”These poems, with all their crudities, doubts, and confusions, are written for the love of Man and in praise of God, and I’d be a damn’ fool if they weren’t.”

6.”Go on thinking that you don’t need to be read and you’ll find that it may become quite true: no one will feel the need tom read it because it is written for yourself alone; and the public won’t feel any impulse to gate crash such a private party.”


7.”When one burns one’s bridges, what a very nice fire it makes.”

8.”The function of posterity is to look after itself.”

9.”He who seeks rest finds boredom. He who seeks work finds rest.”

10.”Light breaks where no sun shines; Where no sea runs, the waters of the heart push their tides.”

11.”Never be lucid, never state, if you would be regarded great.”

12.”Don’t be too harsh to these poems until they’re typed. I always think typescript lends some sort of certainty: at least, if the things are bad then, they appear to be bad with conviction.”

13.”Somebody’s boring me. I think it’s me.”

14.”There is only one position for an artist anywhere; and that is upright.”


15.”Washington isn’t a city, it’s an abstraction.”

16.”The land of my fathers. My fathers can have it.”

17.”Poetry is not the most important thing in life… I’d much rather lie in a hot bath reading Agatha Christie and sucking sweets.”

18.”An alcoholic is someone you don’t like who drinks as much as you do.”

19.”Great is the hand that holds dominion over man by a scribbled name.”