“A poem is never finished, only abandoned.”
— Paul Valery
“If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.”
— Orson Welles
“And a dark shift within the bone
Brings him the end he could not find.”
— Allen Tate
“Elegance has been halted for the duration
And may not be resumed again.”
— John Ashbery
“What we call the beginning is often the end
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.”
— T.S. Eliot
Some people—and I am one of them—hate happy ends. We feel cheated.
Harm is the norm. Doom should not jam.
— Vladimir Nabokov
“We’re drinking my friend, To the end of a brief episode,
Make it one for my baby, And one more for the road.”
— Johnny Mercer