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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"Painting is, I think, inevitably an archaic activity and one that depends on spiritual values"
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"Be yourself is about the worst advice you can give to some people"
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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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"If I decide to be indecisive, that's my decision"
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"I was put off by people at school - my cabbage wasn't as good as other people's, you know, so that put me off"
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"I wish the word whimsical wasn't used now"
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"Skill and confidence are an unconquered army"
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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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"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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"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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"In my earlier paintings, I wanted the space between the picture plane and the spectator to be active"
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"If I do a poetry reading I want people to walk out and say they feel better for having been there - not because you've done a comedy performance but because you're talking about your father dying or having young children, things that touch your soul"
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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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"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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"I'm terrified of switching the computer on because there are so many poems"
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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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"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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"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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"The more we elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate"
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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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"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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"She was a handsome woman of forty-five and would remain so for many years"
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"People can put their best poems straight onto the web"
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"You will put on a dress of guilt and shoes with broken high ideals"
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