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All Quotes by author - William Ralph Inge
" A man may build himself a throne of bayonets, but he can't sit on it. "
" A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbours. "
" 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. "
" Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter. "
" Every institution not only carries within it the seeds of its own dissolution, but prepares the way for its most hated rival. "
" I have never understood why it should be considered derogatory to the Creator to suppose that he has a sense of humour. "
" In dealing with Englishmen you can be sure of one thing only, that the logical solution will not be adopted. "
" 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. "
" It is astonishing with how little wisdom mankind can be governed, when that little wisdom is its own. "
" It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion. "
" Literature flourishes best when it is half a trade and half an art. "
" Many people believe that they are attracted by God, or by Nature, when they are only repelled by man. "
" Nobody is bored when he is trying to make something that is beautiful, or to discover something that is true. "
" No Christian can be a pessimist, for Christianity is a system of radical optimism. "
" Originality is undetected plagiarism. "
" Prayer gives a man the opportunity of getting to know a gentleman he hardly ever meets. I do not mean his maker, but himself. "
" Public opinion, a vulgar, impertinent, anonymous tyrant who deliberately makes life unpleasant for anyone who is not content to be the average person. "
" The aim of education is the knowledge not of facts but of values. "
" Theater is, of course, a reflection of life. Maybe we have to improve life before we can hope to improve theater. "
" The enemies of freedom do not argue; they shout and they shoot. "
" The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular cause for being happy except that they are so. "
" There are no rewards or punishments - only consequences. "
" To become a popular religion, it is only necessary for a superstition to enslave a philosophy. "
" True faith is belief in the reality of absolute values. "
" 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. "
" Whoever marries the spirit of this age will find himself a widower in the next. "
" Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due. "
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