Sadly, it seems that children are no longer required to learn poems by heart, but in my schooldays, we had to do it frequently, and I have always been glad to have favourite poems ( or bits of them - some seem to have become framented ) stored in the recesses of my brain. Here are some favourite lines ( may not be entirely correct, but I decided not to cheat by looking them up!):
"Now sleeps,the crimson petal, now the white,
Now droops the cyprus on the palace walk." ( Tennyson)
"Wilows whiten, aspens quiver, Little breezes dusk and shiver..." ( ditto)
"Oh, what can ail thee, knight at arms,
Alone and palely loitering?
The sedge is withered from the lake
And no birds sing." (Keats)
"Lay your sleeping head, my love, Human on my faithless arm...) (Auden)
Actually, there are far too many, and I won't bore you with more.
Then there are humorous quotations picked up along the way. I especially like this, because it happens all the time:
"One of the things that I've tried very hard
But still haven't managed to cope with,
Is the piece of soap that's too thick to discard
But a little too thin to soap with." ( Dorothy Parker)
And this, which is a good one to try to live by: "A man's reach must be beyond his grasp, or what's a heaven for?" (Browning)
I'll leave the last word to Churchill:
Woman: " Sir! You're drunk!"
Churchill: "Madam, you're ugly. But I shall be sober in the morning."
What are your favourite quotations?