The Rich arrived in pairs
And also in Rolls Royces;
They talked of their affairs
In loud and strident voices…
The Poor arrived in Fords,
Whose features they resembled;
They laughed to see so many Lords
And Ladies all assembled.
Matilda told such dreadful lies,
It made one gasp and stretch one’s eyes;
Her aunt, who from her earliest youth,
Had kept a strict regard for truth,
Attempted to believe Matilda:
The effort very nearly killed her.
Is there no Latin word for Tea? Upon my soul, if I had known that I would have let the vulgar stuff alone.
When friendship disappears then there is a space left open to that awful loneliness of the outside world which is like the cold space between the planets. It is an air in which men perish utterly.
Topics: Space, Friendship
All men have an instinct for conflict: at least, all healthy men.
Great artistic talent in any direction… is hardly inherent to the man. It comes and goes; it is often possessed only for a short phase in his life; it hardly ever colors his character as a whole and has nothing to do with the moral and intellectual stuff of the mind and soul. Many great artists, perhaps most great artists, have been poor fellows indeed, whom to know was to despise.
Writing itself is a bad enough trade, rightly held up to ridicule and contempt by the greater part of mankind, and especially by those who do real work, plowing, riding, sailing
Topics: Authors & Writing
Never could an increase of comfort or security be a sufficient good to be bought at the price of liberty.
Be at the pains of putting down every single item of expenditure whatsoever every day which could possibly be twisted into a professional expense and remember to lump in all the doubtfuls.
To walk because it is good for you warps the sould, just as it warps the soul for a man to talk for hire or because he think it his duty.
From quiet homes and first beginning,
Out to the undiscovered ends,
There’s nothing worth the winning,
But laughter and the love of friends.
Topics: Winning, Friends and Friendship, Friendship, Laughter
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- Maurice Baring British Author
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- Graham Greene British Novelist
- G. K. Chesterton English Journalist
- John Dryden English Poet
- Aldous Huxley English Humanist
- Lord Byron (George Gordon Byron) English Romantic Poet
- John Keats English Poet