J. B. Priestley's Quotes
Biography of J. B. Priestley
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.Tags: Books, Keep, Wrong
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.Tags: Democracy, Losing, War
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.Tags: Challenge, Matter, Write
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.Tags: Done, She, Words
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.Tags: Able, Fire, Society
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?Tags: Another, Fall, Snow
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.Tags: Morning, Try, Waiting
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.Tags: Age, Respect, Young
The more we elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.Tags: Communication, Less, Means
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.Tags: Fool, Making, Proud
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.Tags: Old, Respect, Young
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.Tags: Age, Life, Perfect
The greater part of critics are parasites, who, if nothing had been written, would find nothing to write.Tags: Greater, Write, Written
To show a child what once delighted you, to find the child's delight added to your own - this is happiness.Tags: Child, Happiness, Show
Accidents, try to change them - it's impossible. The accidental reveals man.Tags: Change, Impossible, Try
I know only two words of American slang, 'swell' and 'lousy'. I think 'swell' is lousy, but 'lousy' is swell.Tags: American, Lousy, Words
If we openly declare what is wrong with us, what is our deepest need, then perhaps the death and despair will by degrees disappear.Tags: Death, Despair, Wrong
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.Tags: Drink, Revenge, Trouble
Perhaps it would be better not to be a writer, but if you must, then write.Tags: Perhaps, Write, Writer
Public opinion polls are rather like children in a garden, digging things up all the time to see how they're growing.Tags: Children, Opinion, Time
The greatest writers of this age... are aware of the mystery of our existence.Tags: Age, Greatest, Mystery
There are plenty of clever young writers. But there is too much genius, not enough talent.Tags: Enough, Talent, Young
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Western man is schizophrenic.Tags: Western