Top 25 Wilfred Owen Quotes

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“We were marooned in a frozen desert. There was not a sign of life on the horizon and a thousand signs of death… The marvel is we did not all die of cold.”

― Wilfred Owen

“I don’t ask myself, is the life congenial to me? But, am I fitted for, am I called to, the Ministry?”

― Wilfred Owen

“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

“All a poet can do today is warn.”

― Wilfred Owen

“Be bullied, be outraged, be killed, but do not kill.”

― Wilfred Owen

“Ambition may be defined as the willingness to receive any number of hits on the nose.”

― Wilfred Owen

“Never fear: Thank Home, and Poetry, and the Force behind both.”

― Wilfred Owen

“She is elegant rather than belle.”

― Wilfred Owen

“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

“Those who have no hope pass their old age shrouded with an inward gloom.”

― Wilfred Owen

“Flying is the only active profession I would ever continue with enthusiasm after the War.”

― Wilfred Owen

“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

“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

“All I ask is to be held above the barren wastes of want.”

― Wilfred Owen

“All theological lore is becoming distasteful to me.”

― 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

“I am only conscious of any satisfaction in Scientific Reading or thinking when it rounds off into a poetical generality and vagueness.”

― Wilfred Owen

“I find purer philosophy in a Poem than in a Conclusion of Geometry, a chemical analysis, or a physical law.”

― Wilfred Owen

“I was a boy when I first realized that the fullest life liveable was a Poet’s.”

― Wilfred Owen

“Numbers of the old people cannot read. Those who can seldom do.”

― 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

“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

“I am marooned on a Crag of Superiority in an ocean of soldiers.”

― Wilfred Owen

“All theological lore is growing distasteful to me. All my recent excursions into such fields proves it to be a shifting, hypothetical, doubt-fostering, dusty, and unprofitable study.”

― Wilfred Owen
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