The beauty of the world has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.
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.
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.
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.
You cannot find peace by avoiding life.
Never let anybody guess that you have a mind of your own. Above all be pure.
The mind is the most capricious of insects – flitting, fluttering.
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.
- E. M. Forster English Novelist
- Vita Sackville-West English Gardener
- D. H. Lawrence English Novelist
- Jeanette Winterson English Novelist, Journalist
- Pamela Hansford Johnson English Novelist
- Jane Austen English Novelist
- Mary Elizabeth Braddon British Novelist
- Anthony Powell English Novelist, Memoirist
- Rebecca West English Author
- Dinah Craik English Novelist