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Born: 1903-10-28
Profession: Author
Nation: English
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One forgets words as one forgets names. One's vocabulary needs constant fertilizing or it will die.

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Professional reviewers read so many bad books in the course of duty that they get an unhealthy craving for arresting phrases.

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There are no poetic ideas; only poetic utterances.

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We class schools into four grades: leading school, first-rate school, good school and school.

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What is youth except a man or woman before it is ready or fit to be seen?

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You never find an Englishman among the under-dogs except in England, of course.

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Pray always for all the learned, the oblique, the delicate. Let them not be quite forgotten at the throne of God when the simple come into their kingdom.

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The truth is that Oxford is simply a very beautiful city in which it is convenient to segregate a certain number of the young of the nation while they are growing up.

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There is a species of person called a 'Modern Churchman' who draws the full salary of a beneficed clergyman and need not commit himself to any religious belief.

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Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.

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Don't hold your parents up to contempt. After all, you are their son, and it is just possible that you may take after them.

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We cherish our friends not for their ability to amuse us, but for ours to amuse them.

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Art is the symbol of the two noblest human efforts: to construct and to refrain from destruction.

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All this fuss about sleeping together. For physical pleasure I'd sooner go to my dentist any day.

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Instead of this absurd division into sexes they ought to class people as static and dynamic.

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Not everyone grows to be old, but everyone has been younger than he is now.

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I haven't been to sleep for over a year. That's why I go to bed early. One needs more rest if one doesn't sleep.

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Your actions, and your action alone, determines your worth.

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He was gifted with the sly, sharp instinct for self-preservation that passes for wisdom among the rich.

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Money is only useful when you get rid of it. It is like the odd card in 'Old Maid'; the player who is finally left with it has lost.

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News is what a chap who doesn't care much about anything wants to read. And it's only news until he's read it. After that it's dead.

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It is a curious thing... that every creed promises a paradise which will be absolutely uninhabitable for anyone of civilized taste.

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My unhealthy affection for my second daughter has waned. Now I despise all my seven children equally.

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Other nations use 'force'; we Britons alone use 'Might'.

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Perhaps host and guest is really the happiest relation for father and son.

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When we argue for our limitations, we get to keep them.

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The human mind is inspired enough when it comes to inventing horrors; it is when it tries to invent a Heaven that it shows itself cloddish.

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We schoolmasters must temper discretion with deceit.

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Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.

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I put the words down and push them a bit.

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I think to be oversensitive about cliches is like being oversensitive about table manners.

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If we can't stamp out literature in the country, we can at least stop its being brought in from outside.

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In the dying world I come from, quotation is a national vice.

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Manners are especially the need of the plain. The pretty can get away with anything.

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