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  Human Being
John DrydenAll human things are subject to decay,
And, when fate summons, monarchs must obey.

—  John Dryden, 1631-1700, English poet

  
  Mankind
DanteO human race, born to fly upward,
wherefore at a little wind dost thou so fall?

—  Dante, 1265-1321, Italian poet

  
  World
Robert FrostSome say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

Robert FrostThe world has room to make a bear feel free;
The universe seems cramped to you and me.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

T. S. EliotThis is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

  
  Conscience
T. S. EliotYour burden is not to clear your conscience
But to learn how to bear the burdens on your conscience.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

  
  Life
Akis PanouMy whole life is a cigarette
that I don’t like and, still, I smoke it.

—  Akis Panou, 1933-2000, Greek folk song writer

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Bob MarleyLove the life you live.
live the life you love.

—  Bob Marley, 1945-1981, Jamaican singer

  
  Death
Oscar WildeFor he who lives more lives than one
More deaths than one must die.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

John DrydenAll human things are subject to decay,
And, when fate summons, monarchs must obey.

—  John Dryden, 1631-1700, English poet

Robert FrostForgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee
And I'll forgive Thy great big one on me.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

  
  Suicide
Dorothy ParkerRazors pain you, Rivers are damp, Acids stain you, And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren't lawful, Nooses give, Gas smells awful.
You might as well live.

—  Dorothy Parker, 1893-1967, American writer, poet, satirist, critic

  
  God
Sylvia PlathI talk to God but the sky is empty.

—  Sylvia Plath, 1932-1963, American poet & writer

  
  Right & Wrong
Robert FrostOne luminary clock against the sky
Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

T. S. EliotThe last temptation is the greatest treason:
To do the right deed for the wrong reason.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

  
  Meditation
William BlakeTo see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower.
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter

  
  Hell
Dorothy ParkerYou think You're frightening me with Your hell, don't You? You think Your hell is worse than mine.

—  Dorothy Parker, 1893-1967, American writer, poet, satirist, critic

  
  The Truth
Wallace StevensPerhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.

—  Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955, American poet

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Lord ByronTis strange - but true; for Truth is always strange,
Stranger than Fiction.

—  Lord Byron, 1788-1824, British poet

Robert FrostMost of the change we think we see in life
Is due to truths being in and out of favor.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

  
  Present
HoraceEnjoy the present smiling hour,
And put it out of Fortune's power.

—  Horace, 65-8 BC, Roman poet

  
  Time
Constantine KavafyHalf past twelve. How the time has gone by.
Half past twelve. How the years have gone by.

—  Constantine Kavafy, 1868-1933, Greek poet ‐ Since Nine O’Clock

Robert FrostOne luminary clock against the sky
Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

  
  Past
Wallace StevensOur bloom is gone. We are the fruit thereof.

—  Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955, American poet

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T. S. EliotFor last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

  
  The End
Robert FrostSome say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

Walt WhitmanO CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting.

—  Walt Whitman, 1819-1892, American poet

T. S. EliotThis is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

  
  Shadow
T. S. EliotBetween the idea And the reality Between the motion And the act Falls the Shadow.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

  
  Rain
Robert FrostOh, come forth into the storm and rout
And be my love in the rain.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

  
  Sea
Fernando PessoaGod gave the sea the danger and the abyss,
but it was in it that He mirrored the sky.

—  Fernando Pessoa, 1888-1935, Portuguese poet & writer

  
  Darkness
Wallace StevensThrow away the light, the definitions, and say what you see in the dark.

—  Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955, American poet

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  Face
T. S. EliotThere will be time, there will be time to prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

  
  Eyes
Sylvia PlathI shut my eyes and all the world drops dead;
I lift my eyes and all is born again.

—  Sylvia Plath, 1932-1963, American poet & writer

  
  Soul
Bob DylanI gave her my heart but she wanted my soul.

—  Bob Dylan, 1941-, American singer [Nobel 2016]

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Sylvia PlathI must get my soul back from you; I am killing my flesh without it.

—  Sylvia Plath, 1932-1963, American poet & writer

  
  Self-deprecation
Fernando PessoaI am nothing.
I'll never be anything.
I couldn't want to be something.
Apart from that, I have in me all the dreams in the world.

—  Fernando Pessoa, 1888-1935, Portuguese poet & writer

  
  Perspective
Fernando PessoaWe are two abysses — a well staring at the sky.

—  Fernando Pessoa, 1888-1935, Portuguese poet & writer

Walt WhitmanTo me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle,
Every cubic inch of space is a miracle.

—  Walt Whitman, 1819-1892, American poet

  
  Optimism
William WordsworthCome grow old with me. The best is yet to be.

—  William Wordsworth, 1770-1850, English poet

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  Nostalgia
DanteThere is no greater sorrow
Than to be mindful of the happy time
In misery.

—  Dante, 1265-1321, Italian poet

  
  Memory
Yannis RitsosYou don’t have to remember.
We Know.

—  Yannis Ritsos, 1909-1990, Greek poet

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  Appearance
Dorothy ParkerMen seldom make passes
At girls who wear glasses.

—  Dorothy Parker, 1893-1967, American writer, poet, satirist, critic

  
  Beauty
John KeatsBeauty is truth, truth beauty,-that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.

—  John Keats, 1795-1821, English poet

  
  Health
Philip SidneyThe ingredients of health and long life, are great temperance, open air, easy labor, and little care.

—  Philip Sidney, 1554-1586, English poet & courtier

  
  Heart
Sylvia PlathI took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart.
I am, I am, I am.

—  Sylvia Plath, 1932-1963, American poet & writer

  
  Destiny
William BlakeSome are born to sweet delight.
Some are born to endless night.

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter

  
  Joy
William WordsworthThen my heart with pleasure fills
And dances with the daffodils.

—  William Wordsworth, 1770-1850, English poet

  
  Admiration
William BlakeTyger! Tyger! burning bright In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter

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  Sorrow
DanteThere is no greater sorrow
Than to be mindful of the happy time
In misery.

—  Dante, 1265-1321, Italian poet

  
  Despair
Charles BaudelaireI am a cemetery abhorred by the moon.

—  Charles Baudelaire, 1821-1867, French poet

  
  Crying
John KeatsShed no tear! O shed no tear!
The flower will bloom another year.

—  John Keats, 1795-1821, English poet

  
  Firmness
Bob DylanShe never stumbles,
she's got no place to fall.

—  Bob Dylan, 1941-, American singer [Nobel 2016]

  
  Intelligence
Wallace StevensThe poem must resist the intelligence
Almost successfully.

—  Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955, American poet

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  Wisdom
William WordsworthWisdom is oft-times nearer when we stoop
Than when we soar.

—  William Wordsworth, 1770-1850, English poet

T. S. EliotWhere is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

Bob MarleyDon’t gain the world and lose your soul. Wisdom is better than silver and gold.

—  Bob Marley, 1945-1981, Jamaican singer

  
  Bravery
Constantine KavafyAnd even more honor is due to them
when they foresee (as many do foresee)
that in the end Ephialtis will make his appearance,
that the Medes will break through after all.

—  Constantine Kavafy, 1868-1933, Greek poet ‐ Thermopylae

  
  Mercy
William BlakeMercy, pity, and peace,
Are the world's release.

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter

  
  Faults
Dorothy ParkerFour be the things I'd have been better without: love, curiosity, freckles and doubt.

—  Dorothy Parker, 1893-1967, American writer, poet, satirist, critic

  
  Vanity
T. S. EliotHalf the harm that is done in this world
Is due to people who want to feel important.
They don't mean to do harm — but the harm does not interest them.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

  
  Ineffectiveness
Constantine KavafyYet we’re sure to fail. Up there,
high on the walls, the dirge has already begun.

—  Constantine Kavafy, 1868-1933, Greek poet ‐ Trojans

Constantine Kavafy[He] tried to start an intrigue,
do something, come up with a plan;
but he failed pitifully and was reduced to nothing.

—  Constantine Kavafy, 1868-1933, Greek poet ‐ Orophernis

  
  Greed
William BlakeMore! More! is the cry of a mistaken soul.

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter

  
  Refusal
Wallace StevensAfter the final no, there comes a yes,
and on that yes the future world depends

—  Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955, American poet

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  Doubt
William BlakeIf the Sun and Moon should ever doubt, they'd immediately go out.

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter

  
  Relationships
Sylvia PlathI lean to you, numb as a fossil. Tell me I'm here.

—  Sylvia Plath, 1932-1963, American poet & writer

  
  Love
William BlakeLove seeketh only self to please,
To bind another to its delight,
Joys in another's loss of ease,
And builds a Hell in Heaven's despite.

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter

Bob MarleyOne love, one heart,
Let's get together and feel alright.

—  Bob Marley, 1945-1981, Jamaican singer

  
  Kiss
Sylvia PlathKiss me, and you will see how important I am.

—  Sylvia Plath, 1932-1963, American poet & writer

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John KeatsYou are always new, the last of your kisses was ever the sweetest.

—  John Keats, 1795-1821, English poet

  
  Man & Woman
John DrydenHere lies my wife: here let her lie!
Now she's at rest, and so am I.

—  John Dryden, 1631-1700, English poet

  
  Seduction
John KeatsThe day is gone, and all its sweets are gone!
Sweet voice, sweet lips, soft hand, and softer breast.

—  John Keats, 1795-1821, English poet

  
  Encounters
T. S. EliotThere will be time, there will be time to prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

  
  Silence
Sylvia PlathThe silence depressed me. It wasn't the silence of silence. It was my own silence.

—  Sylvia Plath, 1932-1963, American poet & writer

  
  Seeing
William BlakeTo see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower.
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter

Bob DylanHow many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?

—  Bob Dylan, 1941-, American singer [Nobel 2016]

  
  Secrets
Robert FrostWe dance round in a ring and suppose,
But the Secret sits in the middle and knows.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

  
  Forgiveness
Robert FrostForgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee
And I'll forgive Thy great big one on me.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

  
  Treason
T. S. EliotThe last temptation is the greatest treason:
To do the right deed for the wrong reason.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

  
  Blame
Bob MarleyI know that I'm not perfect and that I don't claim to be,
so before you point your fingers make sure your hands are clean.

—  Bob Marley, 1945-1981, Jamaican singer

  
  Solitude
Constantine KavafyWith no consideration, no pity, no shame,
they have built walls around me, thick and high.

—  Constantine Kavafy, 1868-1933, Greek poet ‐ Walls

Fernando PessoaI have no ambitions nor desires
To be a poet is not my ambition,
It's simply my way of being alone.

—  Fernando Pessoa, 1888-1935, Portuguese poet & writer

  
  Kings
Wallace StevensThe only emperor is the emperor of ice cream.

—  Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955, American poet

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  Freedom
Fernando PessoaNot pleasure, not glory, not power: freedom, only freedom.

—  Fernando Pessoa, 1888-1935, Portuguese poet & writer

  
  Barbarism
Walt WhitmanI sound my barbaric yawp over the rooftops of the world.

—  Walt Whitman, 1819-1892, American poet

  
  Cities
Constantine KavafyYou won’t find a new country, won’t find another shore.
This city will always pursue you. You will walk
the same streets, grow old in the same neighborhoods,
will turn gray in these same houses.
You will always end up in this city.

—  Constantine Kavafy, 1868-1933, Greek poet ‐ The city

  
  Crowds
Carl SandburgI am the people — the mob — the crowd — the mass.
Do you know that all the great work of the world is done through me?

—  Carl Sandburg, 1878-1967, American poet

  
  War & Peace
John DrydenWar seldom enters but where wealth allures.

—  John Dryden, 1631-1700, English poet

  
  Countries & Nations
William BlakeWhen nations grow old, the Arts grow cold,
And Commerce settles on every tree.

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter

  
  Greeks
Kostas VarnalisHere lie the ashes of a people which used to be an eternal flame.

—  Kostas Varnalis, 1883-1974, Greek poet

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  Information
T. S. EliotWhere is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

  
  Questions
T. S. EliotOh my soul, be prepared for the coming of the Stranger.
Be prepared for him who knows how to ask questions.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

  
  Truth & Lies
William BlakeA truth that's told with bad intent
Beats all the lies you can invent.

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter

  
  Language
T. S. EliotFor last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

  
  Knowledge
T. S. EliotWhere is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

  
  Music
William WordsworthThe music in my heart I bore
Long after it was heard no more.

—  William Wordsworth, 1770-1850, English poet

  
  Imagination
Wallace StevensThe imagination is man's power over nature.

—  Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955, American poet

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  Poetry
Wallace StevensThrow away the light, the definitions, and say what you see in the dark.

—  Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955, American poet

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Wallace StevensThe poem must resist the intelligence
Almost successfully.

—  Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955, American poet

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Wallace StevensA poem is a meteor.

—  Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955, American poet

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Robert FrostPoetry is a way of taking life by the throat.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

  
  Writing
Sylvia PlathI write only because
There is a voice within me
That will not be still.

—  Sylvia Plath, 1932-1963, American poet & writer

Philip Sidney“Fool,” said my muse to me.
“Look in thy heart and write.”

—  Philip Sidney, 1554-1586, English poet & courtier

  
  Quotations
Samuel Taylor ColeridgeWhat is an Epigram? A dwarfish whole,
Its body brevity, and wit its soul.

—  Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772-1834, English poet & philosopher

  
  Direction
Wallace StevensThe way through the world
Is more difficult to find than the way beyond it.

—  Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955, American poet

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  Dreams
Lord ByronI had a dream, which was not all a dream.

—  Lord Byron, 1788-1824, British poet

  
  Hope
T. S. EliotI said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope,
For hope would be hope for the wrong thing.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

  
  Promises
Robert FrostBut I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

  
  Choices
T. S. EliotNeither way is better.
Both ways are necessary. It is also necessary
To make a choice between them.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

  
  Accomplishment
Walt WhitmanO Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done!
The ship has weathered every wrack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting.

—  Walt Whitman, 1819-1892, American poet

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  Effort
Constantine KavafyOur efforts are those of men prone to disaster;
our efforts are like those of the Trojans.

—  Constantine Kavafy, 1868-1933, Greek poet ‐ Trojans

Robert FrostBut I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

  
  Change
Robert FrostMost of the change we think we see in life
Is due to truths being in and out of favor.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

  
  Readiness
Yannis RitsosLet’s be ready
each hour is our hour.

—  Yannis Ritsos, 1909-1990, Greek poet

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T. S. EliotOh my soul, be prepared for the coming of the Stranger.
Be prepared for him who knows how to ask questions.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

  
  Solutions
Constantine KavafyAnd now, what’s going to happen to us without barbarians?
They were, those people, a kind of solution.

—  Constantine Kavafy, 1868-1933, Greek poet ‐ Barbarians at the gate

  
  Duty
Constantine KavafyHonor to those who in the life they lead
define and guard a Thermopylae.
Never betraying what is right,
consistent and just in all they do.

—  Constantine Kavafy, 1868-1933, Greek poet ‐ Thermopylae

Lord ByronI slept and dreamt that life was beauty;
I woke and found that life was duty.

—  Lord Byron, 1788-1824, British poet

  
  Work
Fernando PessoaGod wills, man dreams, the work is born.

—  Fernando Pessoa, 1888-1935, Portuguese poet & writer

  
  Temptation
T. S. EliotThe last temptation is the greatest treason:
To do the right deed for the wrong reason.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

  
  Drinking
Samuel Taylor ColeridgeWater, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.

—  Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772-1834, English poet & philosopher

  
  Drugs
Bob MarleyExcuse me while I light my spliff, good God I gotta take a lift.

—  Bob Marley, 1945-1981, Jamaican singer

  
  Happiness
Robert FrostHappiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

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Walt WhitmanHappiness, not in another place but this place… not for another hour, but this hour.

—  Walt Whitman, 1819-1892, American poet

  
  Acknowledgment
Constantine KavafyYou long for something else, ache for other things:
praise from the Demos and the Sophists,
that hard-won, that priceless acclaim—
the Agora, the Theatre, the Crowns of Laurel.

—  Constantine Kavafy, 1868-1933, Greek poet ‐ The Satrapy

  
  Suffering
DanteMidway upon the journey of our life
I found myself within a forest dark,
For the straight-forward pathway had been lost.

—  Dante, 1265-1321, Italian poet

  
  Degradation
Constantine KavafyDon’t hope for things elsewhere:
there is no ship for you, there is no road.
As you’ve wasted your life here, in this small corner,
you’ve destroyed it everywhere else in the world.

—  Constantine Kavafy, 1868-1933, Greek poet ‐ The city

  
  Dogs
Robert FrostThe old dog barks backward without getting up;
I can remember when he was a pup.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

  
  Snakes
Robert FrostThe snake stood up for evil in the Garden.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

  
  Road
Robert FrostTwo roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

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Robert FrostThe best way out is always through.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

  
  Travel
Walt WhitmanO CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting.

—  Walt Whitman, 1819-1892, American poet

  
  Beginning
Robert FrostEnds and beginnings—there are no such things.
There are only middles.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

  
  Order
Wallace StevensA violent order is disorder; and a great disorder is an order.
These two things are one.

—  Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955, American poet

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  Contradictions
Walt WhitmanDo I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself; I am large
I contain multitudes.

—  Walt Whitman, 1819-1892, American poet

  
  Futility
Constantine KavafyOur efforts are those of men prone to disaster;
our efforts are like those of the Trojans.

—  Constantine Kavafy, 1868-1933, Greek poet ‐ Trojans

  










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