''I find myself both as man and as myself something more determined and distinctive, at pitch, more distinctive and higher pitched than anything else I see.''
''It is a happy thing that there is no royal road to poetry. The world should know by this time that one cannot reach Parnassus except by flying thither.''
''I think that the trivialness of life is, and personally to each one, ought to be seen to be, done away with by the Incarnation.''
''It seems then that it is not the excellence of any two things (or more) in themselves, but those two things as viewed by the light of each other, that makes beauty.''
''Even with one companion ecstasy is almost banished.''
''The Indian gods are imposing, the Greek gods are not. Indeed they are not brave, not self-controlled, they have no manners, they are not gentlemen and ladies.''
''All the world is full of inscape and chance left free to act falls into an order as well as purpose.''
''Beauty ... is a relation, and the apprehension of it a comparison.''
''For myself I make no secret, I look forward with eager desire to seeing the matchless beauty of Christ's body in the heavenly light.''
''Horrible to say, in a manner I am a Communist.''
''It kills me to be time's eunuch and never to beget.''
''Do you know, a horrible thing has happened to me. I have begun to doubt Tennyson.''
''I am surprised you shd. say fancy and aesthetic tastes have led me to my present state of mind: these wd. be better satisfied in the Church of England, for bad taste is always meeting one in the accessories of Catholicism.''
''Searching nature I taste self but at one tankard, that of my own being.''
''I hold with the old-fashioned criticism that Browning is not really a poet, that he has all the gifts but the one needful and the pearls without the string; rather one should say raw nuggets and rough diamonds.''
''I consider my selfbeing ... that taste of myself, of I and me above and in all things, which is more distinctive than the taste of ale or alum, more distinctive than the smell of walnutleaf or camphor, and is incommunicable by any means to another man.''
''A great work by an Englishman is like a great battle won by England. It is an unfading bay tree.''
''By the by, if the English race had done nothing else, yet if they left the world the notion of a gentleman, they would have done a great service to mankind.''
''I always knew in my heart Walt Whitman's mind to be more like my own than any other man's living. As he is a very great scoundrel this is not a pleasant confession.''
''The effect of studying masterpieces is to make me admire and do otherwise.''