There is no real agreement among scholars as to whether Homer and Hesiod were contemporaries or whether Homer came a hundred or so years later or earlier. How could there be, given that both poets recited and sang in an oral culture.
Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm.
Works of imagination should be written in very plain language; the more purely imaginative they are the more necessary it is to be plain.
Love is flower like; Friendship is like a sheltering tree.
I think democracy is on the decline in the West. Ruling parties are the same: neo-liberalism at home and wars abroad.
You know, I’m just not going to get into American politics.
Plagiarists are always suspicious of being stolen from.
The greatest threat facing humanity is a radical Islamist regime meeting up with nuclear weapons.
Anthony Powell was the most European of 20th-century British novelists.
A poet ought not to pick nature’s pocket. Let him borrow, and so borrow as to repay by the very act of borrowing. Examine nature accurately, but write from recollection, and trust more to the imagination than the memory.