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" The human mind is inspired enough when it comes to inventing horrors; it is when it tries to invent a Heaven that it shows itself cloddish. "
" Punctuality is the virtue of the bored. "
" Not everyone grows to be old, but everyone has been younger than he is now. "
" Professional reviewers read so many bad books in the course of duty that they get an unhealthy craving for arresting phrases. "
" Perhaps host and guest is really the happiest relation for father and son. "
" When we argue for our limitations, we get to keep them. "
" Pray always for all the learned, the oblique, the delicate. Let them not be quite forgotten at the throne of God when the simple come into their kingdom. "
" My unhealthy affection for my second daughter has waned. Now I despise all my seven children equally. "
" We class schools into four grades: leading school, first-rate school, good school and school. "
" Manners are especially the need of the plain. The pretty can get away with anything. "
" Art is the symbol of the two noblest human efforts: to construct and to refrain from destruction. "
" We cherish our friends not for their ability to amuse us, but for ours to amuse them. "
" Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression. "
" I think to be oversensitive about cliches is like being oversensitive about table manners. "
" In the dying world I come from, quotation is a national vice. "
" One forgets words as one forgets names. One's vocabulary needs constant fertilizing or it will die. "
" Other nations use 'force'; we Britons alone use 'Might'. "
" Money is only useful when you get rid of it. It is like the odd card in 'Old Maid'; the player who is finally left with it has lost. "
" What is youth except a man or woman before it is ready or fit to be seen? "
" He was gifted with the sly, sharp instinct for self-preservation that passes for wisdom among the rich. "
" The truth is that Oxford is simply a very beautiful city in which it is convenient to segregate a certain number of the young of the nation while they are growing up. "
" I put the words down and push them a bit. "
" Don't hold your parents up to contempt. After all, you are their son, and it is just possible that you may take after them. "
" Your actions, and your action alone, determines your worth. "
" All this fuss about sleeping together. For physical pleasure I'd sooner go to my dentist any day. "