Patrick Kavanagh Quotes

A road, a mile of kingdom, I am king Of banks and stones and every blooming thing.
Patrick Kavanagh (1905-1969), Irish poet, novelist. Inniskeen Road: July Evening (l. 13-14). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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And there's the half-talk code of mysteries And the wink-and-elbow language of delight.
Patrick Kavanagh (1905-1969), Irish poet, novelist. Inniskeen Road: July Evening (l. 3-4). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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O commemorate me where there is water, Canal water preferably, so stilly Greeny at the heart of summer.
Patrick Kavanagh (1905-1969), Irish poet, novelist. Lines Written on a Seat on the Grand Canal, Dublin (l. 1-3). . . New Oxford Book of Irish Verse, The. Thomas Kinsella, ed. and tr. (1986) Oxford University Press.
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O commemorate me with no hero-courageous Tomb—just a canal-bank seat for the passer-by.
Patrick Kavanagh (1905-1969), Irish poet, novelist. Lines Written on a Seat on the Grand Canal, Dublin (l. 13-14). . . New Oxford Book of Irish Verse, The. Thomas Kinsella, ed. and tr. (1986) Oxford University Press.
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My black hills have never seen the sun rising, Eternally they look north towards Armagh.
Patrick Kavanagh (1905-1969), Irish poet, novelist. Shancoduff (l. 1-2). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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"Who owns them hungry hills That the water-hen and snipe must have forsaken? A poet? Then by heavens he must be poor." I hear and is my heart not badly shaken?
Patrick Kavanagh (1905-1969), Irish poet, novelist. Shancoduff (l. 13-16). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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It is impossible to read the daily press without being diverted from reality. You are full of enthusiasm for the eternal verities—life is worth living, and then out of sinful curiosity you open a newspaper. You are disillusioned and wrecked.
Patrick Kavanagh (1905-1967), Irish poet, author. "Signposts," Collected Prose (1967).
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Actors are loved because they are unoriginal. Actors stick to their script. The unoriginal man is loved by the mediocrity because this kind of "artistic" expression is something to which the merest five-eighth can climb.
Patrick Kavanagh (1905-1967), Irish poet, author. "Signposts," Collected Prose (1967).
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Malice is only another name for mediocrity.
Patrick Kavanagh (1905-1967), Irish poet, author. "Signposts," Collected Prose (1967).
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A sweeping statement is the only statement worth listening to. The critic without faith gives balanced opinions, usually about second-rate writers.
Patrick Kavanagh (1905-1967), Irish poet, author. "Signposts," Collected Prose (1967).
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