All things can tempt me from this craft of verse: One time it was a woman's face, or worse... The seeming needs of my fool-driven land; Now nothing but comes readier to the hand Than this accustomed toil.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
Today, only a fool would offer herself as the singular role model for the Good Mother. Most of us know not to tempt the fates. The... moment I felt sure I had everything under control would invariably be the moment right before the principal called to report that one of my sons had just driven somebody's motorcycle through the high school gymnasium.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
There are men so incorrigibly lazy that no inducement that you can offer will tempt them to work; so eaten up by vice that virtue ...is abhorrent to them, and so inveterably dishonest that theft is to them a master passion. When a human being has reached that stage, there is only one course that can be rationally pursued. Sorrowfully, but remorselessly, it must be recognised that he has become lunatic, morally demented, incapable of self- government, and that upon him, therefore, must be passed the sentence of permanent seclusion from a world in which he is not fit to be at large.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
Don't crouch any more and cling to my knees, don't tempt me and try me,... don't beg like a child and cry, "you have taken my hope away." I am not a god. I cannot make you happy.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
When I was a young girl salmon fishing with my father in the Straits of Juan de Fuca in Washington State I used to lean out over t...he water and try to look past my own face, past the reflection of the boat, past the sun and darkness, down to where the fish were surely swimming. I made up charm songs and word-hopes to tempt the fish, to cause them to mean biting my hook. I believed they would do it if I asked them well and patiently and with the right hope. I am writing my poems like this. I have used the fabric and the people of my life as the bait.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
"O Susan, Susan, lovely dear, My vows shall ever true remain;... Let me kiss off that falling tear, We only part to meet again. Change, as ye list, ye winds; my heart shall be The faithful compass that still points to thee.
'Believe not what the landmen say, Who tempt with doubts thy constant mind: They'll tell thee, sailors, when away, In ev'ry port a mistress find. Yes, yes, believe them when they tell thee so, For thou art present wheresoe'er I go.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
Receive, dear friend, the truths I teach, So shalt thou live beyond the reach... Of adverse Fortune's pow'r; Not always tempt the distant deep, Nor always timorously creep Along the treach'rous shore.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »