“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


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