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  • Anthropologists are a connecting link between poets and scientists; though their field-work among primitive peoples has often made them forget the language of science.
    Robert Graves (1895-1985), British poet, novelist. Speech, December 6, 1963, London School of Economics. "Mammon," Mammon and the Black Goddess (1965).

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  • What we now call "finance" is, I hold, an intellectual perversion of what began as warm human love.
    Robert Graves (1895-1985), British poet, novelist. speech, Dec. 6, 1963, London School of Economics. "Mammon," Mammon and the Black Goddess (1965).

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  • If there's no money in poetry, neither is there poetry in money.
    Robert Graves (1895-1985), British poet, novelist. speech, Dec. 6, 1963, London School of Economics. "Mammon," Mammon and the Black Goddess (1965).

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  • Nine-tenths of English poetic literature is the result either of vulgar careerism or of a poet trying to keep his hand in. Most poets are dead by their late twenties.
    Robert Graves (1895-1985), British poet, novelist. Quoted in Observer (London, November 11, 1962).
  • The award of a pure gold medal for poetry would flatter the recipient unduly: no poem ever attains such carat purity.
    Robert Graves (1895-1985), British poet, novelist. Address, January 1960, to the Oxford University Philological Society. "Poetic Gold," Oxford Addresses on Poetry (1962). Graves had been awarded a gold medal for services to poetry by the National Poetry Society of America.

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  • The remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he is really very good—in spite of all the people who say he is very good.
    Robert Graves (1895-1985), British poet, novelist. quoted in Observer (London, Dec. 6, 1964).

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  • To be a poet is a condition rather than a profession.
    Robert Graves (1895-1985), British poet, novelist. Reply to questionnaire, "The Cost of Letters," Horizon (London, September 1946).
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