Dame Edith Louisa Sitwell

(7 September 1887 - 9 December 1964 / Scarborough, Yorkshire)

Dame Edith Louisa Sitwell Quotes

  • ''I have often wished I had time to cultivate modesty.... But I am too busy thinking about myself.''
    Dame Edith Sitwell (1887-1964), British poet. Quoted in Observer (London, April 30, 1950).
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  • ''Vulgarity is, in reality, nothing but a modern, chic, pert descendant of the goddess Dullness.''
    Dame Edith Sitwell (1887-1964), British poet, critic. Taken Care Of, ch. 19 (1965).

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By The Lake

ACROSS the flat and the pastel snow
Two people go . . . . 'And do you remember
When last we wandered this shore?' . . . 'Ah no!
For it is cold-hearted December.'
'Dead, the leaves that like asses's ears hung on the trees
When last we wandered and squandered joy here;
Now Midas your husband will listen for these
Whispers--these tears for joy's bier.'
And as they walk, they seem tall pagodas;

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