By hook or by crook, I hope that you will possess yourselves of money enough to travel and to idle, to contemplate the future or the past of the world, to dream over books and loiter at street corners and let the line of thought dip deep into the stream.
When a subject is highly controversial… one cannot hope to tell the truth. One can only show how one came to hold whatever opinion one does hold. One can only give one’s audience the chance of drawing their own conclusions as they observe the limitations, the prejudices, the idiosyncrasies of the speaker.
The man who is aware of himself is henceforward independent; and he is never bored, and life is only too short, and he is steeped through and through with a profound yet temperate happiness.
Topics: Happiness, Awareness, Life, Perception, Love
Never let anybody guess that you have a mind of your own. Above all be pure.
You cannot find peace by avoiding life.
The current flows fast and furious. It issues in a spate of words from the loudspeakers and the politicians. Every day they tell us that we are a free people fighting to defend freedom. That is the current that has whirled the young airman up into the sky and keeps him circulating there among the clouds. Down here, with a roof to cover us and a gas mask handy, it is our business to puncture gas bags and discover the seeds of truth.
Topics: Propaganda, Prosperity
The mind is the most capricious of insects – flitting, fluttering.
Masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common, of thinking by the body of the people, so that the experience of the mass is behind the single voice.
Topics: Thinking, Genius
The interest in life does not lie in what people do, nor even in their relations to each other, but largely in the power to communicate with a third party, antagonistic, enigmatic, yet perhaps persuadable, which one may call life in general.
- E. M. Forster English Novelist
- Vita Sackville-West English Gardener
- D. H. Lawrence English Novelist
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- Jane Austen English Novelist
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- Mary Elizabeth Braddon British Novelist
- Anthony Powell English Novelist
- Rebecca West English Author
- Dinah Craik English Novelist