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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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 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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"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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"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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"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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