Quotes by British authors


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"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again"
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"We pay when old for the excesses of youth"
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"Skill and confidence are an unconquered army"
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"Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action"
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"Of all parts of wisdom the practice is the best"
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"Painting is, I think, inevitably an archaic activity and one that depends on spiritual values"
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"When I was young there was no respect for the young, and now that I am old there is no respect for the old. I missed out coming and going"
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"We should like to have some towering geniuses, to reveal us to ourselves in colour and fire, but of course they would have to fit into the pattern of our society and be able to take orders from sound administrative types"
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"Whereas with poetry no one has to show anybody really, and you don't have to tell anyone you're doing it"
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"How incessant and great are the ills with which a prolonged old age is replete"
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"The greater part of critics are parasites, who, if nothing had been written, would find nothing to write"
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"I never read the life of any important person without discovering that he knew more and could do more than I could ever hope to know or do in half a dozen lifetimes"
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"The more we elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate"
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"To show a child what once delighted you, to find the child's delight added to your own - this is happiness"
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"To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven"
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"I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning"
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"Comedy, we may say, is society protecting itself - with a smile"
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"She was a handsome woman of forty-five and would remain so for many years"
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"Living in an age of advertisement, we are perpetually disillusioned. The perfect life is spread before us every day, but it changes and withers at a touch"
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"I work with nature, although in completely new terms"
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"Painters have always needed a sort of veil upon which they can focus their attention. It's as though the more fully the consciousness is absorbed, the greater the freedom of the spirit behind"
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"As a painter today you have to work without that essential platform. But if one does not deceive oneself and accepts this lack of certainty, other things may come into play"
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"His failures are as valuable as his successes: by misjudging one thing he conforms something else, even if at the time he does not know what that something else is"
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"I think this lack of a center has something to do with the loss of certainties that Christianity had to offer"
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"For me nature is not landscape, but the dynamism of visual forces"
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"In my earlier paintings, I wanted the space between the picture plane and the spectator to be active"
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"People can put their best poems straight onto the web"
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"I wish the word whimsical wasn't used now"
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"If I decide to be indecisive, that's my decision"
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"I'm terrified of switching the computer on because there are so many poems"
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