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Philip Larkin: Letters to Monica

Philip Larkin

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“Morning, noon & bloody night, Seven sodding days a week, I slave at filthy WORK, that might Be done by any book-drunk freak. This goes on until I kick the bucket. FUCK IT FUCK IT FUCK IT FUCK IT”

“How little our careers express what lies in us, and yet how much time they take up. It's sad, really.”

“I feel the only thing you can do about life is to preserve it, by art if you're an artist, by children if you're not.”

“Originality is being different from oneself, not others.”

“Seriously, I think it is a grave fault in life that so much time is wasted in social matters, because it not only takes up time when you might be doing individual private things, but it prevents you storing up the psychic energy that can then be released to create art or whatever it is. It's terrible the way we scotch silence & solitude at every turn, quite suicidal. I can't see how to avoid it, without being very rich or very unpopular, & it does worry me, for time is slipping by , and nothing is done. It isn't as if anything was gained by this social frivolity, It isn't: it's just a waste.”

“I have a sense of melancholy isolation, life rapidly vanishing, all the usual things. It's very strange how often strong feelings don't seem to carry any message of action.”

“I'm terrified of the thought of time passing (or whatever is meant by that phrase) whether I 'do' anything or not. In a way I may believe, deep down, that doing nothing acts as a brake on 'time's - it doesn't of course. It merely adds the torment of having done nothing, when the time comes when it really doesn't matter if you've done anything or not.”

“I am always trying to 'preserve' things by getting other people to read what I have written, and feel what I felt.”

“Dear, I can't write, it's all a fantasy: a kind of circling obsession.”

“Everyone should be forcibly transplanted to another continent from their family at the age of three.”

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