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Born: 1903-03-24
Profession: Journalist
Nation: British
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One of the peculiar sins of the twentieth century which we've developed to a very high level is the sin of credulity. It has been said that when human beings stop believing in God they believe in nothing. The truth is much worse: they believe in anything.

Tags: God, Human, Truth

People do not believe lies because they have to, but because they want to.

Tags: Lies

Every happening, great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message.

Tags: God, Great, Life

Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream.

Tags: Dead, Fish, Forget

I can say that I never knew what joy was like until I gave up pursuing happiness, or cared to live until I chose to die. For these two discoveries I am beholden to Jesus.

Tags: Die, Happiness, Jesus

Sex is the mysticism of materialism and the only possible religion in a materialistic society.

Tags: Religion, Sex, Society

Bad humor is an evasion of reality; good humor is an acceptance of it.

Tags: Bad, Good, Humor

History will see advertising as one of the real evil things of our time. It is stimulating people constantly to want things, want this, want that.

Tags: Evil, History, Time

There is no such thing as darkness; only a failure to see.

Tags: Darkness, Failure

The trouble with kingdoms of heaven on earth is that they're liable to come to pass, and then their fraudulence is apparent for all to see. We need a kingdom of heaven in Heaven, if only because it can't be realized.

Tags: Earth, Heaven, Trouble

Few men of action have been able to make a graceful exit at the appropriate time.

Tags: Able, Men, Time

One of the many pleasures of old age is giving things up.

Tags: Age, Giving, Old

This horror of pain is a rather low instinct and... if I think of human beings I've known and of my own life, such as it is, I can't recall any case of pain which didn't, on the whole, enrich life.

Tags: Human, Life, Pain

St. Teresa of Avila described our life in this world as like a night at a second-class hotel.

Tags: Hotel, Life, Night

The pursuit of happiness, which American citizens are obliged to undertake, tends to involve them in trying to perpetuate the moods, tastes and aptitudes of youth.

Tags: American, Happiness, Trying

Sex is the ersatz or substitute religion of the 20th Century.

Tags: Century, Religion, Sex

He was not only a bore; he bored for England.

Tags: Bore, Bored, England

My opinion, my conviction, gains immensely in strength and sureness the minute a second mind as adopted it.

Tags: Mind, Opinion, Strength

Surely the glory of journalism is its transience.

Tags: Glory, Journalism, Surely

Travel, of course, narrows the mind.

Tags: Mind, Travel

It was a somber place, haunted by old jokes and lost laughter. Life, as I discovered, holds no more wretched occupation than trying to make the English laugh.

Tags: Laughter, Life, Lost