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Facts are like cows. If you look them in the face long enough, they generally run away.
The really essential factors of success in any undertaking are money and opportunity, and as a rule, the man who can make the first can make the second.
For the sole true end of education is simply this: to teach men how to learn for themselves and whatever instruction fails to do this is effort spent in vain.
Lawyers enjoy a little mystery, you know. Why, if everybody came forward and told the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth straight out, we should all retire to the workhouse.
Oh, well, faint heart never won so much as a scrap of paper
I imagine you come across a number of people who are disconcerted by the difference between what you do feel and what they fancy you ought to feel. It is fatal to pay the smallest attention to them.
Time and trouble will tame an advanced young woman. But an advanced old woman is uncontrollable by any force.
Some people's blameless lives are to blame for a good deal.
A marriage of two independent and equally irritable intelligences seems to me reckless to the point of insanity.
What'll Geoffrey do when you pull off your First, my child?" demanded Miss Ha
To make a deliberate falsification for personal gain is the last, worst depth to which either scholar or artist can descend in work or
The worst sin-perhaps the only sin- passion can commit is to be joyless.
You cannot do good work if you take your mind off the work to see how the community is taking it.
The planet's tyrant, dotard Death, had held his gray mirror before them for a moment and shown them the image of things to come.
I can't think why fancy religions should have such a ghastly effect on one's grammar. It's a kind of intellectual rot that sets in, I'm afraid.
Books... are like lobster shells, we surround ourselves with 'em, then we grow out of 'em and leave 'em behind, as evidence of our earlier stages of development.
How can I find the words? Poets have taken them all and left me with nothing to say or do""Except to teach me for the first time what they meant.
[O]ne can scarcely be frightened off writing what one wants to write for fear an obscure reviewer should patronise one on that account.
The only Christian work is good work well done.
Forgiveness does not wipe away the consequences of the sin. The consequences are borne by somebody.
If it ever occurs to people to value the honour of the mind equally with the honour of the body, we shall get a social revolution of a quite unparalleled sort.
The more genuinely creative [the writer] is, the more he will want his work to develop in accordance with its own nature, and to stand independent of himself
At present we have no clear grasp of the principle that every man should do the work for which he is fitted by nature!
[On marriage and permanent attach
Every woman is a human being-one cannot repeat that too often-and a human being must have occupation if he or she is not to become a nuisance to the world.
I love you - I am at rest with you - I have come home.
The departure of the church-going element had induced a more humanitarian atmosphere.
What we make is more important than what we are particularly if making is our profession.
A continued atmosphere of hectic passion is very trying if you haven't got any of your own.
this is the weakness of most 'edifying' or 'propaganda' literature. There is no diversity...You cannot, in fact, give God His due without giving the devil his due also.
That a work of creation struggles and insistently demands to be brought into being is a fact that no genuine artist would think of denying.
Salcombe Hardy groaned: "How long, O Lord, how long shall we have to listen to all this tripe about commercial arsenic? Murderers learn it now at their mother's knee.
Every time a man expects, as he says, his money to work for him, he is expecting other people to work for him.
(One character on another:)"Don't you know that I passionately dote on every chin on his face?
For God's sake, let's take the word 'possess' and put a brick round its neck and drown it ... We can't possess one another. We can only give and hazard all we have.
The only sin passion can commit is to be joyless.
A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought.
I have the most ill-regulated memory. It does those things which it ought not to do and leaves undone the things it ought to have done. But it has not yet gone on strike altogether.
But that's men all over ... Poor dears, they can't help it. They haven't got logical minds.
He was being about as protective as a can-opener.
Heaven deliver us, what's a poet? Something that can't go to bed without making a song about it.
People who prefer to believe the worst of others will breed war and religious persecutions while the world lasts.
Do you know how to pick a lock?""Not in the least, I'm afraid.""I often wonder what we go to school for, " said Wimsey.
I give you full credit for the discovery, I crawl, I grovel, my name is Watson, and you need not say what you were just going to say, because I admit it all.
She reflected she must be completely besotted with Peter, if his laughter could hallow an aspidistra.
Trouble shared is trouble halved.
in the linked arms of Bacchus and Aphrodite.
The great advantage about telling the truth is that nobody ever believes it.
Time and trouble will tame an advanced young woman, but an advanced old woman is uncontrollable by any earthly force.
The characteristic common to God and man is apparently that: the desire and the ability to make things.