Quotations by Wilfred Owen

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Born: Saturday, March 18, 1893
Died: Monday, November 4, 1918 (25 years old)
Profession: Soldier
Nationality: English


A Poem does not grow by jerks. As trees in Spring produce a new ring of tissue, so does every poet put forth a fresh outlay of stuff at the same season.
- Wilfred Owen
(Keywords: Spring, Trees)

After all my years of playing soldiers, and then of reading History, I have almost a mania to be in the East, to see fighting, and to serve.
- Wilfred Owen
(Keywords: History, Fighting, Reading, Soldiers, Years)

All a poet can do today is warn.
- Wilfred Owen
(Keywords: Today)

All I ask is to be held above the barren wastes of want.
- Wilfred Owen
(Keywords: Want)

All theological lore is becoming distasteful to me.
- Wilfred Owen

Ambition may be defined as the willingness to receive any number of hits on the nose.
- Wilfred Owen
(Keywords: Ambition, May)

Be bullied, be outraged, by killed, but do not kill.
- Wilfred Owen

Do you know what would hold me together on a battlefield? The sense that I was perpetuating the language in which Keats and the rest of them wrote!
- Wilfred Owen
(Keywords: Language, Rest, Sense)

Flying is the only active profession I would ever continue with enthusiasm after the War.
- Wilfred Owen
(Keywords: War, Enthusiasm, Flying, Profession)

I am only conscious of any satisfaction in Scientific Reading or thinking when it rounds off into a poetical generality and vagueness.
- Wilfred Owen
(Keywords: Reading, Satisfaction, Thinking)

I don't ask myself, is the life congenial to me? But, am I fitted for, am I called to, the Ministry?
- Wilfred Owen
(Keywords: Life)

I find purer philosophy in a Poem than in a Conclusion of Geometry, a chemical analysis, or a physical law.
- Wilfred Owen
(Keywords: Geometry, Law, Philosophy)

I was a boy when I first realized that the fullest life liveable was a Poet's.
- Wilfred Owen
(Keywords: Life, First)

If I have got to be a soldier, I must be a good one, anything else is unthinkable.
- Wilfred Owen

My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity.
- Wilfred Owen
(Keywords: Poetry, War, Pity)

Never fear: Thank Home, and Poetry, and the Force behind both.
- Wilfred Owen
(Keywords: Home, Poetry, Force)

Numbers of the old people cannot read. Those who can seldom do.
- Wilfred Owen
(Keywords: People, Numbers, Old)

She is elegant rather than belle.
- Wilfred Owen

The English say, Yours Truly, and mean it. The Italians say, I kiss your feet, and mean, I kick your head.
- Wilfred Owen
(Keywords: Kiss, English, Feet)

The war effects me less than it ought. I can do no service to anybody by agitating for news or making dole over the slaughter.
- Wilfred Owen
(Keywords: War, News, Service)

Those who have no hope pass their old age shrouded with an inward gloom.
- Wilfred Owen
(Keywords: Age, Hope, Old)

When I begin to eliminate from the list all those professions which are impossible from a financial point of view and then those which I feel disinclined to-it leaves nothing.
- Wilfred Owen
(Keywords: Financial, Nothing)







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