Philip Larkin Quotes

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I wouldn't mind seeing China if I could come back the same day.
— Philip Larkin

Travel China

Sexual intercourse: always disappointing and often repulsive, like asking someone else to blow your own nose for you.


The notion of expressing sentiments in short lines having similar sounds at the ends seems as remote as mangoes on thee moon.
— Philip Larkin

poetry poets

They fuck you up, you mum and dad.
They may not mean to but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you.
— Philip Larkin


Poetry should begin with emotion in the poet, and end with the same emotion in the reader.  The poem is simply the instrument of transference.
— Philip Larkin