Quotes by British authors


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"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again"
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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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"We pay when old for the excesses of youth"
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"People say that I'm a millionaire, but that's not true - I only spend millions"
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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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"Painting is, I think, inevitably an archaic activity and one that depends on spiritual values"
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"Occasionally I have come across a last patch of snow on top of a mountain in late May or June. There's something very powerful about finding snow in summer"
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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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"How incessant and great are the ills with which a prolonged old age is replete"
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"Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives"
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"We'll sort of get over the marriage first and then maybe look at the kids. But obviously we want a family so we'll have to start thinking about that"
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"It's all about quality of life and finding a happy balance between work and friends and family"
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"Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness"
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"Old men do it better. We're not so sensitive in certain areas"
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"No, I've never thought that I was gay. And that's not something you think. It's something you know"
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"My vocal style I haven't tried to copy from anyone. It just developed until it became the girlish whine it is today"
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"You know, people can't fall in love with me just because I'm good at what I do"
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"You can't give up something you really believe in for financial reasons. If you die by the roadside - so be it. But at least you know you've tried. Ten minutes in the music scene was the equal of one hundred years outside of it"
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"We are trying to communicate a fulfilled ideal. Does anybody remember laughter?"
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"It's sort of a feeling of power onstage. It's really the ability to make people smile, or just to turn them one way or another for that duration of time, and for it to have some effect later on. I don't really think it's power... it's the goodness"
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"How can you consider flower power outdated? The essence of my lyrics is the desire for peace and harmony. That's all anyone has ever wanted. How could it become outdated?"
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"Does anyone remember laughter?"
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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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"You will put on a dress of guilt and shoes with broken high ideals"
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"We shouldn't have got married, really. Shouldn't have got married. Too young. Not ready for it"
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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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