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John was a brave and remarkable man...there is real vision in his poems

      - Kathleen Raine


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Aphorisms and Philosophical Thoughts

John presented his thoughts often as 'aphorisms' or sayings, many of which demonstrate great wisdom learned through adversity and hardship. They fall into a number of categories that he himself defined for them, namely: Advice, Feelings, Establishment, Religion, Humour, Warnings, and Wisdoms.

Below we present some samples, which will change occasionally.


• Greatness is not lost - it can be thrown away

• Suppression does not satisfy this law of supply and demand

• If life is a gift, either end of the gun is futile

• No-one has the monopoly of tribulation

• Mediocrity is a widespread war, where art is blacked out in favour of the substandard


Betty Donaldson 2006-11