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ANDREW LANG
Scottish poet, essayist, critic, folklorist and compiler
(1844 - 1912)

Either a wise man will not go into bunkers, or, being in, he will endure such things as befall him with patience.
      - [Golf]

He missed an invaluable opportunity to hold his tongue.
      - [Silence]

Life's more amusing than we thought.
      - [Life]

You can cover a great deal of country in books.
      - [Books]

There's a joy without canker or cark,
  There's a pleasure eternally new,
    Tis to gloat on the glaze and the mark
      Of china that's ancient and blue;
        Unchipp'd, all the centuries through
          It has pass'd, since the chime of it rang,
            And they fashion'd it, figures and hue,
              In the reign of the Emperor Hwang.
                Here's a pot with a cot in a park,
                  In a park where the peach-blossoms blew,
                    Where the lovers eloped in the dark,
                      Lived, died, and were changed into two
                        Bright birds that eternally flew
                          Through the boughs of May, as they sang;
                            'Tis a tale was undoubtedly true
                              In the reign of the Emperor Hwang.
      - Ballade of Blue China [Pottery]

Our youth began with tears and sighs,
  With seeking what we could not find;
    We sought and knew not what we sought;
      We marvel, now we look behind:
        Life's more amusing than we thought.
      - Ballade of Middle Age [Youth]

But he shaved with a shell when he chose,
  'Twas the manner of primitive man.
      - Double Ballad of Primitive Man [Barber]

A book is a friend whose face is constantly changing. If you read it when you are recovering from an illness, and return to it years after, it is changed surely, with the change in yourself.
      - The Library (ch. I) [Books]


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