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"Do not go gentle into that good night."

"An alcoholic is someone you don't like who drinks as much as you do."

"When one burns one's bridges, what a very nice fire it makes."

"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."

"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."

"I've just had eighteen straight whiskies. I think that's the record."

"Somebody's boring me. I think it's me."

"Though lovers be lost love shall not."

"I hold a beast, an angel and a madman in me, and my enquiry is as to their working, and my problem is their subjugation and victory, downthrow and upheaval, and my effort is their self-expression."

"A born writer is born scrofulous; his career is an accident dictated by physical or circumstantial disabilities."

"I went on all over the States, ranting poems to enthusiastic audiences that, the week before, had been equally enthusiastic about lectures on Railway Development or the Modern Turkish Essay."

"He who seeks rest finds boredom. He who seeks work finds rest."

"Wales is the land of my fathers. And my fathers can have it."

"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."

"You can tear a poem apart to see what makes it tick... You're back with the mystery of having been moved by words. The best craftsmanship always leaves holes and gaps... so that something that is not in the poem can creep, crawl, flash or thunder in."

"My education was the liberty I had to read indiscriminately and all the time, with my eyes hanging out."

"Whatever talents I possess may suddenly diminish or suddenly increase. I can with ease become an ordinary fool. I may be one now. But it doesn't do to upset one's own vanity."

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

"The force that through the green fuse drives the flower. Drives my green age that blasts the roots of trees is my destroyer."

"The function of posterity is to look after itself."

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