Quotes by Irving Layton

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And me happiest when I compose poems: Love, power, the huzza of battle are something, are much: yet a poem includes them like a pool water and reflection. more...

how seasonably leaf and blossom uncurl and living things arrange their death, while someone from afar off blows birthday candles for the world. more...

An aphorism should be like a burr: sting, ... and leave a little soreness.... more...

When you argue with your inferiors, you convince them of only one thing: they are as clever as you. more...

Time flames like a paraffin stove / and what burns are the minutes I live. more...

I have stopped being a misanthrope. more...

Since I no longer expect anything from mankind except madness, meanness, and mendacity; egotism, cowardice, and self-delusion, I have stopped being a misanthrope. more...

Progress of a marriage: There was a time when you couldn't make me happy. Now the time has come when you can make me unhappy. more...

By walking, I found out where I was going. more...

God is indeed dead. He died of self-horror when He saw the creature He had made in His own image. more...

Canadians look down on the United States and consider it Hell. They are right to do so. Canada is to the United States what, in Dante's scheme, Limbo is to Hell more...

I am a genius who has written poems that will survive with the best of Shakespeare, Wordsworth and Keats more...

We love in another's soul whatever of ourselves we can deposit in it; the greater the deposit, the greater the love more...

A poet is deeply conflicted and it's in his work that he reconciles those deep conflicts. The place is the harbor. It doesn't set the world in order, you know, it's the place of reconciliation. It's the Consolamentum, the kiss of peace. more...

We love in another's soul whatever of ourselves we can deposit in it; the greater the deposit, the greater the love. more...

Canadians look down on the United States and consider it Hell. They are right to do so. Canada is to the United States what, in Dante's scheme, Limbo is to Hell. more...

Conscience: self-esteem with a halo. more...

My neighbor doesn't want to be loved as much as he wants to be envied. more...

When you argue with your inferiors, you convince them of only one thing: they are as clever as you. more...

Idealist: a cynic in the making. more...

I am a genius who has written poems that will survive with the best of Shakespeare, Wordsworth and Keats. more...

In Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Canada has at last produced a political leader worthy of assassination. more...

Whom the gods do not intend to destroy, they first make mad with poetry. more...

Death is a name for beauty not in use. more...

It amazes me that organs that piss Can give human beings such perfect bliss. more...

Only the tiniest fracton of mankind want freedom. All the rest want someone to tell them theyare free. more...

A Canadian is someone who keeps asking the question, 'What is a Canadian? more...

A political leader worthy of assassination more...

To this pass Christianity has come There is no God, and Jesus is his son. more...

If poetry is like an orgasm, an academic can be likened to someone who studies the passion-stains on the bedsheets. more...

God is indeed dead. He died of self-horror when He saw the creature He had made in His own image. more...

My neighbour doesn't want to be loved as much as he wants to be envied. more...

Only the tiniest fraction of mankind want freedom. All the rest want someone to tell them they are free. more...


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