Quotation by A.E. Housman

Experience has taught me, when I am shaving of a morning, to keep watch over my thoughts, because, if a line of poetry strays into my memory, my skin bristles so that the razor ceases to act.
A.E. (Alfred Edward) Housman (1859–1936), British poet. Lecture, May 9, 1933, at Senate House, Cambridge, England. The Name and Nature of Poetry.

"The seat of this sensation," Housman explained, "is the pit of the stomach."
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