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Paradox reconciles all contradictions.
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[Poetry] is a field where England can take on all challengers.

— Patrick Leigh Fermor

At school some learning by heart was compulsory, though not irksome. But this intake was out-distanced many times, as it always is among people who need poetry, by a private anthology, both of those automatically absorbed and of poems consciously chosen and memorized as though one were stocking up for a desert island or for a stretch of solitary.

— Patrick Leigh Fermor

A little later, as we talked of the Maniot dirges by which I was obsessed, I was surprised to hear this bloodshot-eyed and barefoot old man say: "Yes, it's the old iambic tetrameter acalectic." It was the equivalent of a Cornish fisherman pointing out the difference, in practicality incomprehensible dialect, between the Petrachian and the Spenserian sonnet. It was quite correct. Where on earth had he learnt it? His last bit of information was that, in the old days (that wonderful cupboard!) the Arabs used to come to this coast to dive for the murex.

— Patrick Leigh Fermor

Live, don't know how long,
And die, don't know when;
Must go, don't know where;
I am astonished I am so cheerful.

— Patrick Leigh Fermor

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