Stevie Smith

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Truth is far and flat, and fancy is fiery; and truth is cold, and people feel the cold, and they may wrap themselves against it in fancies that are fiery, but they should not call them facts; and, generally, poets do not; they are shrewd, they feel the cold, too, but they know a hawk from a handsaw, a fact from a fancy, as none knows better.
- Stevie Smith
Collection: People
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I only asked my friends to be friendly and polite, I found them indifferent and censorious; The one I left to silence, the other to reproach: God send me over all such friends victorious.
- Stevie Smith
Collection: Friendship
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My friendships, they are a very strong part of my life, they are as light as gossamer but also they are as strong as steel. And I cannot throw them off, nor altogether do with them or without them. And I love them at the point where they say: It is nice to see you again. And I love them too at the point when they say: Good-bye, come again soon. The rhythm of friendship is a very good rhythm.
- Stevie Smith
Collection: Strong
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This is the simplest of all thoughts, that Death must come when we call, although he is a god.
- Stevie Smith
Collection: Simplest
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If a lady comes up to you and tells you that your dear mama is lying in a faint on the pavement round the corner, don't you believe her, don't have anything to do with her, do not go with her into the cab. It is the White Slave Traffic.
- Stevie Smith
Collection: Lying
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You must have some money if you are going to live simply. It need not be much, but you must have some.
- Stevie Smith
Collection: Needs
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Nothing is more wistful than the scent of lilac, nor more robust than its woody stalk, for we must remember that it is a tree as well as a flower, we must try not to forget this.
- Stevie Smith
Collection: Flower
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I'm sorry to say my dear wife is a dreamer, and as she dreams she gets paler and leaner. Then be off to your Dream, with his fly-away hat, I stay with the girls who are happy and fat.
- Stevie Smith
Collection: Marriage
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I made Man with too many faults. Yet I love him. And if he wishes, I have a home above for him.
- Stevie Smith
Collection: Home
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Oh Lion in a peculiar guise, Sharp Roman road to Paradise, Come eat me up, I'll pay thy toll With all my flesh, and keep my soul.
- Stevie Smith
Collection: Soul