Quotes by John Betjeman

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Sir John Betjeman (28 August 1906 19 May 1984) was an English poet, writer and broadcaster who described himself in Who's Who as a "poet and hack". He was born to a middle class family in Edwardian London. Although he failed his ... more

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People's backyards are much more interesting than their front gardens, and houses that back on to railways are public benefactors.

I have a Vision of the Future, chum. The workers flats in fields of soya beans tower up like silver pencils, score on score.
Keep our Empire undismembered guide our Forces by Thy Hand, gallant blacks from far Jamaica, Honduras and Togoland; protect them Lord in all their fights, and even more, protect the whites.
No love that in a family dwells, No carolling in frosty air, Nor all the steeple-shaking bells Can with this single Truth compare--That God was Man in Palestine And lives to-day in Bread and Wine.