Quotes by British authors


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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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"In plain words: now that Britain has told the world that she has the H-Bomb she should announce as early as possible that she has done with it, that she proposes to reject in all circumstances nuclear warfare"
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"If you are a genius, you'll make your own rules, but if not - and the odds are against it - go to your desk no matter what your mood, face the icy challenge of the paper - write"
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"If we openly declare what is wrong with us, what is our deepest need, then perhaps the death and despair will by degrees disappear"
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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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"I know only two words of American slang, 'swell' and 'lousy'. I think 'swell' is lousy, but 'lousy' is swell"
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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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"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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"There was no respect for youth when I was young, and now that I am old, there is no respect for age, I missed it coming and going"
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"There are plenty of clever young writers. But there is too much genius, not enough talent"
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"The more we elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate"
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"The greatest writers of this age... are aware of the mystery of our existence"
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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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"Britain, which in the years immediately before this war was rapidly losing such democratic virtues as it possessed, is now being bombed and burned into democracy"
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"Be yourself is about the worst advice you can give to some people"
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"Accidents, try to change them - it's impossible. The accidental reveals man"
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"A novelist who writes nothing for 10 years finds his reputation rising. Because I keep on producing books they say there must be something wrong with this fellow"
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"Focusing isn't just an optical activity, it is also a mental one"
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"There was a time when meanings were focused and reality could be fixed; when that sort of belief disappeared, things became uncertain and open to interpretation"
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"An artist's early work is inevitably made up of a mixture of tendencies and interests, some of which are compatible and some of which are in conflict"
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"I used to build up to sensation, accumulating tension until it released a perceptual experience"
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