35 Inspirational Philip Larkin Quotes On Success

35 Inspirational Philip Larkin Quotes On Success

Philip Arthur Larkin CH CBE FRSL was an English poet, novelist, and librarian. His first book of poetry, The North Ship, was published in 1945, followed by two novels, Jill (1946) and A Girl in Winter (1947), and he came to prominence in 1955 with the publication of his second collection of poems, The Less Deceived, followed by The Whitsun Weddings (1964) and High Windows (1974). He contributed to The Daily Telegraph as its jazz critic from 1961 to 1971, articles gathered in All What Jazz: A Record Diary 1961–71 (1985), and he edited The Oxford Book of Twentieth Century English Verse (1973). May these Philip Larkin Quotes On Success inspire you to take action so that you may live your dreams.

1. “A good poem about failure is a success.” Philip Larkin

2. “Only in books the flat and final happens, Only in dreams we meet and interlock.” Philip Larkin

3. “I don’t think I write well – just better than anyone else.” Philip Larkin

4. “I didn’t choose poetry: poetry chose me.” Philip Larkin

5. “So many things I had thought forgotten Return to my mind with stranger pain: Like letters that arrive addressed to someone Who left the house so many years ago.” Philip Larkin

6. “I feel the only thing you can do about life is to preserve it, by art if you’re an artist, by children if you’re not.” Philip Larkin

7. “Poetry is an affair of sanity, of seeing things as they are.” Philip Larkin

8. “If we seriously contemplate life it appears an agony too great to be supported, but for the most part our minds gloss such things over & until the ice finally lets us through we skate about merrily enough. Most people, I’m convinced, don’t think about life at all. They grab what they think they want and the subsequent consequences keep them busy in an endless chain till they’re carried out feet first.” Philip Larkin

9. “Deprivation is for me what daffodils were for Wordsworth.” Philip Larkin

10. “Originality is being different from oneself, not others.” Philip Larkin

11. “If you tell a novelist, ‘Life’s not like that’, he has to do something about it. The poet simply replies, No, but I am.” Philip Larkin

12. Depression is to me as daffodils were to Wordsworth.” Philip Larkin

13. “I’m terrified of the thought of time passing (or whatever is meant by that phrase) whether I ‘do’ anything or not. In a way I may believe, deep down, that doing nothing acts as a brake on ‘time’s – it doesn’t of course. It merely adds the torment of having done nothing, when the time comes when it really doesn’t matter if you’ve done anything or not.” Philip Larkin

14. “What are days for? Days are where we live. They come, they wake us Time and time over. They are to be happy in: Where can we live but days?” Philip Larkin

15. “Depression hangs over me as if I were Iceland.” Philip Larkin

16. “I have no enemies. But my friends don’t like me.” Philip Larkin

17. “Selflessness is like waiting in a hospital. In a badly-fitting suit on a cold wet morning.
Selfishness is like listening to good jazz. With drinks for further orders and a huge fire.” Philip Larkin

18. “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.” Philip Larkin

19. “As a child, I thought I hated everybody, but when I grew up I realized it was just children I didn’t like.” Philip Larkin

20. “As a guiding principle I believe that every poem must be its own sole freshly created universe, and therefore have no belief n ‘tradition’ or a common myth-kitty or casual allusions in poems to other poems or poets, which last I find unpleasantly like the talk of literary understrappers letting you see they know the right people.” Philip Larkin

21. “What will survive of us is love.” Philip Larkin

22. “I have a sense of melancholy isolation, life rapidly vanishing, all the usual things. It’s very strange how often strong feelings don’t seem to carry any message of action.” Philip Larkin

23. “Something, like nothing, happens anywhere.”Philip Larkin

24. “We should be careful / Of each other, we should be kind. While there is still time.” Philip Larkin

25. “I think writing about unhappiness is probably the source of my popularity, if I have any – after all, most people are unhappy, don’t you think?” Philip Larkin

26. “You can’t put off being young until you retire.” Philip Larkin

27. “There is bad in all good authors: what a pity the converse isn’t true!” Philip Larkin

28. “Poetry should begin with emotion in the poet, and end with the same emotion in the reader. The poem is simply the instrument of transferance.” Philip Larkin

29. “Man hands on misery to man. It deepens like a coastal shelf. Get out as early as you can, and don’t have any kids yourself.” Philip Larkin

30. “To write you must be warm, fed, loved and sober.” Philip Larkin

31. “You can look out of your life like a train & see what you’re heading for, but you can’t stop the train.” Philip Larkin

32. “Many modern novels have a beginning, a muddle and an end.” Philip Larkin

33. “This is the first thing I have understood: Time is the echo of an axe within a wood.” Philip Larkin

34. “Novels are about other people and poems are about yourself.” Philip Larkin

35. “How little our careers express what lies in us, and yet how much time they take up. It’s sad, really.” Philip Larkin

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