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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Clergyman
Nation: English
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Whoever marries the spirit of this age will find himself a widower in the next.

Tags: Age, Himself, Spirit

Consciousness is a phase of mental life which arises in connection with the formation of new habits. When habit is formed, consciousness only interferes to spoil our performance.

Tags: Habits, Life, Mental

Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.

Tags: Interest, Trouble, Worry

We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.

Tags: Doubt, Human, Religion

The aim of education is the knowledge not of facts but of values.

Tags: Education, Knowledge, Values

The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular cause for being happy except that they are so.

Tags: Cause, Happy, Seem

A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbours.

Tags: Hatred, Patriotism, Society

It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.

Tags: Opinion, While, Wolf

Theater is, of course, a reflection of life. Maybe we have to improve life before we can hope to improve theater.

Tags: Hope, Life, Reflection

Nobody is bored when he is trying to make something that is beautiful or to discover something that is true.

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Originality is undetected plagiarism.

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There are no rewards or punishments - only consequences.

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No Christian can be a pessimist, for Christianity is a system of radical optimism.

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Prayer gives a man the opportunity of getting to know a gentleman he hardly ever meets. I do not mean his maker, but himself.

Tags: Getting, Mean, Prayer

Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter.

Tags: Matter, May, Past

It is astonishing with how little wisdom mankind can be governed, when that little wisdom is its own.

Tags: Governed, Mankind, Wisdom

The enemies of freedom do not argue; they shout and they shoot.

Tags: Argue, Freedom, Shout

Every institution not only carries within it the seeds of its own dissolution, but prepares the way for its most hated rival.

Tags: Hated, Rival, Within

I think middle-age is the best time, if we can escape the fatty degeneration of the conscience which often sets in at about fifty.

Tags: Best, Often, Time

Literature flourishes best when it is half a trade and half an art.

Tags: Art, Best, Communication

Public opinion, a vulgar, impertinent, anonymous tyrant who deliberately makes life unpleasant for anyone who is not content to the average person.

Tags: Life, Makes, Opinion

A man may build himself a throne of bayonets, but he can't sit on it.

Tags: Himself, May, Sit

I have never understood why it should be considered derogatory to the Creator to suppose that he has a sense of humour.

Tags: Sense, Understood, Why
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In dealing with Englishmen you can be sure of one thing only, that the logical solution will not be adopted.

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Many people believe that they are attracted by God, or by Nature, when they are only repelled by man.

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To become a popular religion, it is only necessary for a superstition to enslave a philosophy.

Tags: Become, Philosophy, Religion

True faith is belief in the reality of absolute values.

Tags: Faith, Reality, True
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