Quotes by British authors


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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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"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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"As the artist picks his way along, rejecting and accepting as he goes, certain patterns of enquiry emerge"
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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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"Focusing isn't just an optical activity, it is also a mental one"
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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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"Yes, you can feel very alone as a poet and you sometimes think, is it worth it? Is it worth carrying on? But because there were other poets, you became part of a scene. Even though they were very different writers, it made it easier because you were together"
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"How can you consider flower power outdated?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 How could it become outdated?"
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"People say that I'm a millionaire, but that's not true - I only spend millions"
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"A mathematician, like a painter or poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas"
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"Pure mathematics is on the whole distinctly more useful than applied. For what is useful above all is technique, and mathematical technique is taught mainly through pure mathematics"
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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'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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"To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead"
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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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"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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"I know only two words of American slang, 'swell' and 'lousy'. I think 'swell' is lousy, but 'lousy' is swell"
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"The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?"
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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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"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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