A Poet Reflects

“I’m terrified of the thought of time passing whether I ‘do’ anything or not. In a way I may believe, deep down, that doing nothing acts as a brake on ‘time.’—It doesn’t of course. It merely adds the torment of having done nothing, when the time comes when it really doesn’t matter if you’ve done anything or not.”
—Philip Larkin

ā€œI’m terrified of the thought of time passing whether I ‘do’ anything or not. In a way I may believe, deep down, that doing nothing acts as a brake on ‘time.’—It doesn’t of course. It merely adds the torment of having done nothing, when the time comes when it really doesn’t matter if you’ve done anything or not.ā€

—Philip Larkin