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Edith Sitwell
September 7, 1887 - December 9, 1964
Nationality: British
Category: Poet
Subcategory: British Poet

Hot water is my native element. I was in it as a baby, and I have never seemed to get out of it ever since.


The poet speaks to all men of that other life of theirs that they have smothered and forgotten.


Poetry is the deification of reality.


The aim of flattery is to soothe and encourage us by assuring us of the truth of an opinion we have already formed about ourselves.


A great many people now reading and writing would be better employed keeping rabbits.


I have often wished I had time to cultivate modesty... but I am too busy thinking about myself.


The trouble with most Englishwomen is that they will dress as if they had been a mouse in a previous incarnation they do not want to attract attention.


I am an unpopular electric eel in a pool of catfish.


I wish the government would put a tax on pianos for the incompetent.


Good taste is the worst vice ever invented.


I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it.


Still falls the rain - dark as the world of man, black as our loss - blind as the nineteen hundred and forty nails upon the Cross.


The public will believe anything, so long as it is not founded on truth.


I have taken this step because I want the discipline, the fire and the authority of the Church. I am hopelessly unworthy of it, but I hope to become worthy.


My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.


I am one of those unhappy persons who inspire bores to the greatest flights of art.


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