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John Betjeman Quotes

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John Betjeman
August 28, 1906 - May 19, 1984
Nationality: English
Category: Poet
Subcategory: English Poet

Now if the harvest is over, And the world cold, Give me the bonus of laughter, As I lose hold.


Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows.

    Topics: Childhood

People's backyards are much more interesting than their front gardens, and houses that back on to railways are public benefactors.


I don't think I am any good. If I thought I was any good, I wouldn't be.


Too many people in the modern world view poetry as a luxury, not a necessity like petrol. But to me it's the oil of life.


Silver and ermine and red faces full of port wine.


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