All this fuss about sleeping together. For physical pleasure I’d sooner go to my dentist any day.
It is a curious thing that every creed promises a paradise which will be absolutely uninhabitable for anyone of civilized taste.
One can write, think and pray exclusively of others; dreams are all egocentric.
If, for instance, they have heard something from the postman, they attribute it to “a semi-official statement”; if they have fallen into conversation with a stranger at a bar, they can conscientiously describe him as “a source that has hitherto proved unimpeachable.” It is only when the journalist is reporting a whim of his own, and one to which he attaches minor importance, that he defines it as the opinion of “well-informed circles.”
News is what a chap who doesn’t care much about anything wants to read. And it’s only news until he’s read it. After that it’s dead.
The human mind is inspired enough when it comes to inventing horrors; it is when it tries to invent a Heaven that it shows itself cloddish.
What is youth except a man or woman before it is ready or fit to be seen?
One forgets words as one forgets names. One’s vocabulary needs constant fertilizing or it will die.
You have no idea how much nastier I would be if I was not a Catholic. Without supernatural aid I would hardly be a human being.
If we can’t stamp out literature in the country, we can at least stop its being brought in from outside.
Don’t give your opinions about Art and the Purpose of Life. They are of little interest and, anyway, you can’t express them. Don’t analyze yourself. Give the relevant facts and let your readers make their own judgments. Stick to your story. It is not the most important subject in history but it is one about which you are uniquely qualified to speak.
Topics: Legacy, Autobiography
Saints are simply men and women who have fulfilled their natural obligation which is to approach God.
Change is the only evidence of life.
Manners are especially the need of the plain. The pretty can get away with anything.
Pray always for all the learned, the oblique, the delicate. Let them not be quite forgotten at the throne of God when the simple come into their kingdom.
Other nations use “force”; we Britons alone use “Might.”
Anyone who has been to an English public school will always feel comparatively at home in prison. It is the people brought up in the gay intimacy of the slums who find prison so soul-destroying.
He was gifted with the sly, sharp instinct for self-preservation that passes for wisdom among the rich.
His courtesy was somewhat extravagant. He would write and thank people who wrote to thank him for wedding presents and when he encountered anyone as punctilious as himself the correspondence ended only with death.
Topics: Manners, Courtesy
In the dying world I come from quotation is a national vice. It used to be the classics, now it’s lyric verse.
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