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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"We pay when old for the excesses of youth"
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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 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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"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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"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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"People say that I'm a millionaire, but that's not true - I only spend millions"
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"How can you consider flower power outdated?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 How could it become outdated?"
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"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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"Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives"
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"How incessant and great are the ills with which a prolonged old age is replete"
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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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"Western man is schizophrenic"
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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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"She was a handsome woman of forty-five and would remain so for many years"
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"Public opinion polls are rather like children in a garden, digging things up all the time to see how they're growing"
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"Perhaps it would be better not to be a writer, but if you must, then write"
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"Our trouble is that we drink too much tea. I see in this the slow revenge of the Orient, which has diverted the Yellow River down our throats"
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"Marriage is like paying an endless visit in your worst clothes"
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"Many a man is praised for his reserve and so-called shyness when he is simply too proud to risk making a fool of himself"
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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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