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64 Thought-Provoking Quotes By Dylan Thomas That Won’t Let You Quit!

Famous As: Poet & Writer
Born On: October 27, 1914
Died On: November 9, 1953
Born In: Swansea
Died At Age: 39
Dylan Thomas was a 20th century Welsh poet, known for his works, ‘Under the Milk’, “Do not go gentle into that good night” and “And death shall have no dominion”. His literary career began to unfurl in 1933, when ‘The New English Weekly’, published his first poem in London. Dylan went to London to chase his dream of becoming an acclaimed writer. He also worked for short periods with the British Council and BBC. His book ‘Death and Entrances’ depicted the plight of the people during and post war. He grew famous in America and connected to the people via radio shows. Though he shot to fame with his sayings, writings and quotes his drinking habit and inconsistent behavior intensified, pushing his body to its limits. However in his small lifespan, Dylan became a legend, and his thoughts and quotes are still relevant and motivate many!
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Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Dylan Thomas
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Dylan Thomas
Though lovers be lost, love shall not; And death shall have no dominion.

Though lovers be lost, love shall not; And death shall have no dominion.

Dylan Thomas
Somebody's boring me. I think it's me.

Somebody's boring me. I think it's me.

Dylan Thomas
When one burns one's bridges, what a very nice fire it makes.

When one burns one's bridges, what a very nice fire it makes.

Dylan Thomas
I think, that if I touched the earth,
It would crumble;
It is so sad and beautiful,
So tremulously like a dream.

I think, that if I touched the earth, It would crumble; It is so sad and beautiful, So tremulously like a dream.

Dylan Thomas
An alcoholic is someone you don't like, who drinks as much as you do.

An alcoholic is someone you don't like, who drinks as much as you do.

Dylan Thomas
I hold a beast, an angel, and a madman in me, and my enquiry is as to their working, and my problem is their subjugation and victory, down throw and upheaval, and my effort is their self-expression.

I hold a beast, an angel, and a madman in me, and my enquiry is as to their working, and my problem is their subjugation and victory, down throw and upheaval, and my effort is their self-expression.

Dylan Thomas
...Time held me green and dying
Though I sang in my chains like the sea.

...Time held me green and dying Though I sang in my chains like the sea.

Dylan Thomas
The only sea I saw Was the seesaw sea With you riding on it. Lie down, lie easy. Let me shipwreck in your thighs.

The only sea I saw Was the seesaw sea With you riding on it. Lie down, lie easy. Let me shipwreck in your thighs.

Dylan Thomas
Why do men think you can pick love up and re-light it like a candle? Women know when love is over.

Why do men think you can pick love up and re-light it like a candle? Women know when love is over.

Dylan Thomas
Poetry is not the most important thing in life... I'd much rather lie in a hot bath reading Agatha Christie and sucking sweets.

Poetry is not the most important thing in life... I'd much rather lie in a hot bath reading Agatha Christie and sucking sweets.

Dylan Thomas
And now, gentlemen, like your manners, I must leave you.

And now, gentlemen, like your manners, I must leave you.

Dylan Thomas
My education was the liberty I had to read indiscriminately and all the time, with my eyes hanging out.

My education was the liberty I had to read indiscriminately and all the time, with my eyes hanging out.

Dylan Thomas
[I'm]a freak user of words, not a poet.

[I'm]a freak user of words, not a poet.

Dylan Thomas
And I rose
In rainy autumn
And walked abroad in a shower of all my days...

And I rose In rainy autumn And walked abroad in a shower of all my days...

Dylan Thomas
Our discreditable secret is that we don't know anything at all, and our horrid inner secret is that we don't care that we don't.

Our discreditable secret is that we don't know anything at all, and our horrid inner secret is that we don't care that we don't.

Dylan Thomas
Though lovers be lost love shall not.

Though lovers be lost love shall not.

Dylan Thomas
It snowed last year too: I made a snowman and my brother knocked it down and I knocked my brother down and then we had tea.

It snowed last year too: I made a snowman and my brother knocked it down and I knocked my brother down and then we had tea.

Dylan Thomas
I hold a beast, an angel and a madman in me.

I hold a beast, an angel and a madman in me.

Dylan Thomas
Dark is a way and light is a place,
Heaven that never was
Nor will be ever is always true

Dark is a way and light is a place, Heaven that never was Nor will be ever is always true "Poem on His Birthday

Dylan Thomas
Youth calls to age across the tired years: 'What have you found,' he cries, 'what have you sought?

Youth calls to age across the tired years: 'What have you found,' he cries, 'what have you sought?" 'What have you found,' age answers through his tears, 'What have you sought.

Dylan Thomas
I sang in my chains like the sea

I sang in my chains like the sea

Dylan Thomas
Man’s wants remain unsatisfied till death.
Then, when his soul is naked, is he one
With the man in the wind, and the west moon, 
With the harmonious thunder of the sun

Man’s wants remain unsatisfied till death. Then, when his soul is naked, is he one With the man in the wind, and the west moon, With the harmonious thunder of the sun

Dylan Thomas
Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because their words had forked no lightning they Do not go gentle into that good night.

Dylan Thomas
And books which told me everything about the wasp, except why.

And books which told me everything about the wasp, except why.

Dylan Thomas
I've had eighteen straight whiskies, I think that's the record . . .

I've had eighteen straight whiskies, I think that's the record . . .

Dylan Thomas
We are not wholly bad or good, who live our lives under Milk Wood.

We are not wholly bad or good, who live our lives under Milk Wood.

Dylan Thomas
Love is the last light spoken.

Love is the last light spoken.

Dylan Thomas
... an ugly, lovely town ... crawling, sprawling ... by the side of a long and splendid curving shore. This sea-town was my world.

... an ugly, lovely town ... crawling, sprawling ... by the side of a long and splendid curving shore. This sea-town was my world.

Dylan Thomas
Come on up, boys
-I'm dead.

Come on up, boys -I'm dead.

Dylan Thomas
This poem has been called obscure. I refuse to believe that it is obscurer than pity, violence, or suffering. But being a poem, not a lifetime, it is more compressed.

This poem has been called obscure. I refuse to believe that it is obscurer than pity, violence, or suffering. But being a poem, not a lifetime, it is more compressed.

Dylan Thomas
These are but dreaming men. Breathe, and they fade.

These are but dreaming men. Breathe, and they fade.

Dylan Thomas
I do not need any friends. I prefer enemies. They are better company and their feelings towards you are always genuine.

I do not need any friends. I prefer enemies. They are better company and their feelings towards you are always genuine.

Dylan Thomas
Love drips & gathers, 
but the fallen blood
Shall calm her sores...

Love drips & gathers, but the fallen blood Shall calm her sores..." -Thomas, The Force that through the green fuse drives the flower.

Dylan Thomas
One: I am a Welshman; two: I am a drunkard; three: I am a lover of the human race, especially of women.

One: I am a Welshman; two: I am a drunkard; three: I am a lover of the human race, especially of women.

Dylan Thomas
I believe in New Yorkers. Whether they've ever questioned the dream in which they live, I wouldn't know, because I won't ever dare ask that question.

I believe in New Yorkers. Whether they've ever questioned the dream in which they live, I wouldn't know, because I won't ever dare ask that question.

Dylan Thomas
These poems, with all their crudities, doubts and confusions, are written for the love of man and in Praise of God, and I'd be a damn fool if they weren't.

These poems, with all their crudities, doubts and confusions, are written for the love of man and in Praise of God, and I'd be a damn fool if they weren't.

Dylan Thomas
My birthday began with the water -
Birds and the birds of the winged trees flying my name.

My birthday began with the water - Birds and the birds of the winged trees flying my name.

Dylan Thomas
Before you let the sun in, mind he wipes his shoes.

Before you let the sun in, mind he wipes his shoes.

Dylan Thomas
Nothing grows in our garden, only washing. And babies.

Nothing grows in our garden, only washing. And babies.

Dylan Thomas
Rhianon, he said, hold my hand, Rhianon.

She did not hear him, but stood over his bed and fixed him with an unbroken sorrow.

Hold my hand, he said, and then: why are your putting the sheet over my face?

Rhianon, he said, hold my hand, Rhianon. She did not hear him, but stood over his bed and fixed him with an unbroken sorrow. Hold my hand, he said, and then: why are your putting the sheet over my face?

Dylan Thomas
Man be my metaphor’,

Man be my metaphor’,

Dylan Thomas
Oh as I was young and easy in the mercy of his means, Time held me green and dying Though I sang in my chains like the sea.

Oh as I was young and easy in the mercy of his means, Time held me green and dying Though I sang in my chains like the sea.

Dylan Thomas
Make gentle the life of this world.

Make gentle the life of this world.

Dylan Thomas
This world is half the devil's and my own, / Daft with the drug that's smoking in a girl / And curling round the bud that forks her eye.

This world is half the devil's and my own, / Daft with the drug that's smoking in a girl / And curling round the bud that forks her eye.

Dylan Thomas
The sloeback, slow, black, crowblack, fishingboat bobbing sea

The sloeback, slow, black, crowblack, fishingboat bobbing sea

Dylan Thomas
Wales: The land of my fathers. My fathers can have it!

Wales: The land of my fathers. My fathers can have it!

Dylan Thomas
After the first death, there is no other.

After the first death, there is no other.

Dylan Thomas
The force that through the green fuse drives the flower
Drives my green age; that blasts the roots of trees
Is my destroyer

The force that through the green fuse drives the flower Drives my green age; that blasts the roots of trees Is my destroyer

Dylan Thomas
My birthday began with the water-
Birds and the birds of the winged trees flying my name 
Above the farms and the white horses
And I rose 
In rainy autumn
And walked abroad in a shower of all my days.

My birthday began with the water- Birds and the birds of the winged trees flying my name Above the farms and the white horses And I rose In rainy autumn And walked abroad in a shower of all my days.

Dylan Thomas
A worm tells summer better than the clock,
The slug's a living calendar of days;
What shall it tell me if a timeless insect
Says the world wears away?

A worm tells summer better than the clock, The slug's a living calendar of days; What shall it tell me if a timeless insect Says the world wears away?

Dylan Thomas
Call me Dolores. Like they do in the stories.

Call me Dolores. Like they do in the stories.

Dylan Thomas
Do not go gentle into that good night

Do not go gentle into that good night

Dylan Thomas
Time passes. Listen. Time passes.
Come closer now.
Only you can hear the houses sleeping in the streets in the slow deep salt and silent black, bandaged night.

Time passes. Listen. Time passes. Come closer now. Only you can hear the houses sleeping in the streets in the slow deep salt and silent black, bandaged night.

Dylan Thomas
Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight, 
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way, 
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight, And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way, Do not go gentle into that good night.

Dylan Thomas
Teach me the love that is evergreen after the fall leaved/Grave

Teach me the love that is evergreen after the fall leaved/Grave

Dylan Thomas
Which is the world? Of our two sleepings, which / Shall fall awake when cures and their itch / Raise up this red-eyed earth?

Which is the world? Of our two sleepings, which / Shall fall awake when cures and their itch / Raise up this red-eyed earth?

Dylan Thomas
There shall be corals in your beds,
There shall be serpents in your tides,
Till all our sea-faiths die.

There shall be corals in your beds, There shall be serpents in your tides, Till all our sea-faiths die.

Dylan Thomas
Great is the hand that holds dominion over/Man by a scribbled name.

Great is the hand that holds dominion over/Man by a scribbled name.

Dylan Thomas
The dream has sucked the sleeper of his faith

The dream has sucked the sleeper of his faith

Dylan Thomas
Life is a terrible thing, thank God.

Life is a terrible thing, thank God.

Dylan Thomas
Thousands of miles,' I said. It's Rhosilli, USA. We're going to camp on a bit of rock that wobbles in the winds.

Thousands of miles,' I said. It's Rhosilli, USA. We're going to camp on a bit of rock that wobbles in the winds.

Dylan Thomas