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A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.
By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day.
Good fences make good neighbours.
- quoting a proverb [Neighbors]
Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.
Hell is a half-filled auditorium.
I leave a great deal to "unfinished business!"
Poetry is what gets lost in translation.
The best thing that we're put here for's to see.
The best way out is always through.
The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.
The people I want to hear about are the people who take risks.
You don't have to deserve your mother's love. You have to deserve your father's.
I'd like to get away from earth awhile
And then come back to it and begin over.
May no fate wilfully misunderstand me
And half grant what I wish and snatch me away
Not to return. Earth's the right place for love:
I don't know where it's likely to go better.
- Birches [Reality]
When I see birches bend to left and right
Across the lines of straighter darker trees,
I like to think some boy's been swinging them.
. . . .
I'd like to go by climbing a birch tree,
And climb black branches up a snow-white trunk
Toward heaven, till the tree could bear no more,
But dipped its top and set me down again.
That would be good both going and coming back.
One could do worse than be a swinger of birches.
- Birches [Birch]
Like a piece of ice on a hot stove the poem must ride on its own melting.
- Collected Verse (preface) [Poetry]
My apple trees will never get across
And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him.
He only says, "Good fences make good neighbors."
- Mending Wall [Possession]
My sorrow when she's here with me,
Thinks these dark days of autumn rain
Are beautiful as days can be;
She loves the bare, the withered tree;
She walks the sodden pasture lane.
- My November Guest [November]
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
- Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
- The Road Not Taken [Traveling]
"Men work together," I told him from the heart,
"Whether they work together or apart."
- Tuft of Flowers [Work]
The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You're one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
A cloud comes over the sunlit arch,
A wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you're two months back in the middle of March.
- Two Tramps in Mud Time [Spring]