I find Cambridge an asylum, in every sense of the word.
Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out... Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.
Great literature should do some good to the reader: must quicken his perception though dull, and sharpen his discrimination though blunt, and mellow the rawness of his personal opinions.
Ale, man, ale's the stuff to drink for fellows whom it hurts to think.
The laws of God, the laws of man he may keep that will and can; not I: let God and man decree laws for themselves and not for me.