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Edmund Waller Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Edmund Waller

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So must the writer, whose productions should Take with the vulgar,
be of vulgar mould.
- Edmund Waller

Poets lose half the praise they should have got,
Could it be known what they discreetly blot.
- Edmund Waller

The seas are quiet when the winds give o'er;
So calm are we when passions are no more!
- Edmund Waller

Go, lovely rose!
Tell her that wastes her time and me That now she knows,
When I resemble her to thee, How sweet and fair she seems to be.
- Edmund Waller

 

Could we forbear dispute, and practise love,
We should agree as angels do above.
- Edmund Waller

Stronger by weakness, wiser men become.
- Edmund Waller

And as pale sickness does invade, Your frailer part,
the breaches made, In that fair lodging still more clear,
Make the bright guest, your soul, appear.
- Edmund Waller

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Vexed sailors cursed the rain, for which poor shepherds prayed in vain.
- Edmund Waller

The fear of hell, or aiming to be blest,
savors too much of private interest.
- Edmund Waller

Illustrious acts high raptures do infuse,
And every conqueror creates a muse.
- Edmund Waller

Tea does our fancy aid, Repress those vapours which the head invade,
And keeps that palace of the soul serene.
- Edmund Waller

Circle are praised, not that abound,
In largeness,
but the exactly round.
- Edmund Waller

Others may use the ocean as their road;
Only the English make it their abode.
- Edmund Waller

To love is to believe, to hope, to know;
Tis an essay,
a taste of Heaven below!
- Edmund Waller

The lark that shuns on lofty boughs to build,
Her humble nest, lies silent in the field.
- Edmund Waller

Poets that lasting marble seek Must come in Latin or in Greek.
- Edmund Waller

How small a part of time they share,
That are so wondrous sweet and fair!
- Edmund Waller

His love at once and dread instruct our thought;
As man He suffer'd and as God He taught.
- Edmund Waller

All human things Of dearest value hang on slender strings.
- Edmund Waller

Give us enough but with a sparing hand.
- Edmund Waller

A narrow compass!
and yet there Dwelt all that 's good,
and all that 's fair; Give me but what this riband bound,
Take all the rest the sun goes round.
- Edmund Waller

Leaving the old, both worlds at once they view,
That stand upon the threshold of the new.
- Edmund Waller

When you take stuff from one writer it's plagiarism;
but when you take it from many writers,
it's research.
- Wilson Mizner

The writer, when he is also an artist,
is someone who admits what others don't dare reveal.
- Elia Kazan

The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say,
but what we are unable to say.
- Anais Nin

A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.
- Gertrude Stein

I don't think there's been any writer like Samuel Beckett.
He's unique.
He was a most charming man and I used to send him my plays.
- Harold Pinter

You can't be too old to be a writer,
but you can definitely be too young!
- Joanna Trollope

You know, as a writer, I'm more of a listener than a writer,
cuz if I hear something I will write it down.
- Jimmy Buffett

As a professional writer of detective stories,
I string along with the ballplayers.
I love a ball game.
- Rex Stout

I grew up wanting to be a writer for theatre.
- Christopher Durang

You want to be a writer, don't know how or when? Find a quiet place,
use a humble pen.
- Paul Simon

I'd wanted to be a writer and when I came back to New
York worked as a musician too,
but I found my writing starting to get more and more referential to cinema.
- Jim Jarmusch

Everything around a writer, or musician in the record business,
probably everything in all the United States or in
all of western civilization,
is about competition.
- T-Bone Burnett

When I was asked to be Writer in Residence at Edinburgh I thought,
you can't teach poetry.
This is ridiculous.
- Norman MacCaig

It's often been said that I'm an extremely depressing,
cynical writer.
I've never known what to make of that.
- Ann Beattie

My father was a writer and an acting teacher.
- Noah Hathaway

I am an artist and have no right buggering about with
verbs and split infinitives,
which is what being a writer says to me.
- Ralph Steadman

No one connected intimately with a writer has any appreciation of his temperament,
except to think him overdoing everything.
- Zane Grey

Writing a story or a novel is one way of discovering sequence in experience,
of stumbling upon cause and effect in the happenings of a writer's own life.
- Eudora Welty

When I look back at it, I'm mostly amazed at how poorly it was shot.
David Kelley is a great writer, and I thought the scripts were great,
but it just looks so cheap.
- Peter Berg

You become a writer because you need to become a writer -
nothing else.
- Grace Paley

I just have a thing for writers.
Maybe it because I'm just so not a writer.
- Patricia Clarkson

In utter loneliness a writer tries to explain the inexplicable.
- John Steinbeck

A literary journal is intended to connect writer with reader;
the role of the editor is to mediate.
- John Barton

The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer,
and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that
I would never be fit for real work,
and that writing didn't require any.
- Russell Baker

Some people want to call me an Appalachian writer,
even though I know some people use regional labels to belittle.
- Robert Morgan

I've hung out in the writer's room a few times,
but the fact is we've got such a good writing staff,
I don't want to get my peanut butter fingerprints on anything.
- Patton Oswalt

It is simply not part of my culture to preserve notes.
I have never heard of a writer preserving his early drafts.
- Naguib Mahfouz

If I remember correctly, a writer is someone who wants to convey information.
Language or writing is a code.
- Clifford Geertz

The Onion Field made a real writer.
And then I knew it was over, I couldn't be a cop anymore.
- Joseph Wambaugh

As a writer, you can't allow yourself the luxury of
being discouraged and giving up when you are rejected,
either by agents or publishers.
You absolutely must plow forward.
- Augusten Burroughs

I would be lying if I said the journalism doesn't reflect
my own choices as a reporter and a writer:
what to say,
what to emphasize, how to say it, what is true or untrue.
- David Simon

I've experienced writer's block, but never for more than a few days.
- Walter Jon Williams

You become a better writer by writing.
You become a better travel writer by writing about travel.
- Tim Cahill

When you combine something to say with the skill to say it properly,
then you've got a good writer.
- Theodore Sturgeon

Ernest Hemingway did a great deal toward making the
writer an acceptable public figure;
obviously,
he was no sissy.
- Irwin Shaw

I'm a Hollywood writer, so I put on my sports jacket and take off my brain.
- Ben Hecht

I thought they would never select an Eastern writer for the Nobel.
I was surprised.
- Naguib Mahfouz

I am a writer perhaps because I am not a talker.
- Gwendolyn Brooks

My idea is always to reach my generation.
The wise writer writes for the youth of his own generation,
the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of ever afterward.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

Style is that which indicates how the writer takes
himself and what he is saying.
It is the mind skating circles around itself as it moves forward.
- Robert Frost

I'm a schoolteacher and a writer.
So that's what I do.
- Bruce Jackson

That is a secondary teacher conception -
the writer as an observer.
- Peter Bichsel

Contrary to what many writers imply about the process,
nobody forces a writer to sell his work to the film industry.
- Thomas Perry

If they don't read, if they don't love reading;
if they don't find themselves compulsively reading,
I don't think they're really a writer.
- Rita Dove

The freelance writer is a man who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps.
- Robert Benchley

Shakespeare, who is probably the greatest writer and
poet of the English language,
lived in a time that was politically very conservative
and it's reflected in his writings.
- Alex Cox

A writer is, after all, only half his book.
The other half is the reader and from the reader the writer learns.
- P. L. Travers

I'm either going to be a writer or a bum.
- Carl Sandburg

For a country to have a great writer is like having a second government.
That is why no regime has ever loved great writers,
only minor ones.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


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