Humbert Wolfe Quotes (3 quotes)
“The children play
At hide and seek
About the monument
And why should the dead
Who has nothing to seek
And nothing to find?”
Speke, from Kensington Gardens (London: Ernest Benn,  1927) p. 50.
“Space is a wind that does not blow
On Betelgeuse and time – oh time – is a bird,
Whose wings have never stirred
The golden avenues of leaves
Betelgeuse, from The Unknown Goddess (London: Methuen,  1927) p. 34.
“You cannot hope
To bribe or twist,
Thank God! The
But, seeing what
The man will do
No occasion to.”
Over the Fire, from The Uncelestial City (London: Victor Gollancz, 1930) p. 30.
“Being an artist means ceasing to take seriously that very serious person we are when we are not an artist.”
―Jose Ortega y Gasset
The Dehumanization of Art (1948)
“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”
In the Beauty of the Lilies (1996)
“The most important things to say are those which often I did not think necessary for me to say - because they were too obvious.”
Entry for August 23, 1926, Journal
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Bio: Humbert Wolfe CB CBE, was an Italian-born English poet, man of letters and civil servant, from a Jewish family background, his father, Martin Wolff of German descent and his mother, Consuela, née Terraccini, Italian. He was brought up in Bradford, West Yorkshire and was a pupil at Bradford Grammar School.
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