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Quote Left I object to being told that I am saving daylight when my reason tells me that I am doing nothing of the kind... At the back of the Daylight Saving scheme, I detect the bony, blue-fingered hand of Puritanism, eager to push people into bed earlier, and get them up earlier, to make them healthy, wealthy, and wise in spite of themselves. Quote Right
Quote Left There is no nonsense so gross that society will not, at some time, make a doctrine of it and defend it with every weapon of communal stupidity. Quote Right
Quote Left A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight. Quote Right
Quote Left The people of the United States, perhaps more than any other nation in history, love to abase themselves and proclaim their unworthiness, and seem to find refreshment in doing so... That is a dark frivolity, but still frivolity. Quote Right
Quote Left The wit of a graduate student is like champagne. Canadian champagne. Quote Right
Quote Left A happy childhood has spoiled many a promising life. Quote Right
Quote Left Comparatively few people know what a million dollars actually is. To the majority it is a gaseous concept, swelling or decreasing as the occasion suggests. In the minds of politicians, perhaps more than anywhere, the notion of a million dollars has this accordion-like ability to expand or contract; if they are disposing of it, the million is a pleasing sum, reflecting warmly upon themselves; if somebody else wants it, it becomes a figure of inordinate size, not to be compassed by the rational mind. Quote Right
Quote Left Every man is wise when attacked by a mad dog fewer when pursued by a mad woman only the wisest survive when attacked by a mad notion. Quote Right
Quote Left Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons. Quote Right
Quote Left A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight Quote Right
Quote Left As A general rule, people marry most hapily with their own kind. The trouble lies in the fact that people usually marry at an age where they do not really know what their own kind is. Quote Right
Quote Left Many a promising career has been wrecked by marrying the wrong sort of woman. The right sort of woman can distinguish between Creative Lassitude and plain shiftlessness. Quote Right
Quote Left He types his labored column -- weary drudge! Senile fudge and solemn: spare, editor, to condemn these dry leaves of his autumn. Quote Right
Quote Left Few people can see genius in someone who has offended them. Quote Right
Quote Left The world is burdened with young fogies. Old men with ossified minds are easily dealt with. But men who look young, act young and everlastingly harp on the fact that they are young, but who nevertheless think and act with a degree of caution that would be excessive in their grandfathers, are the curse of the world. Their very conservatism is secondhand, and they don't know what they are conserving. Quote Right
Quote Left She has been kissed as often as a police-court Bible, and by much the same class of people. Quote Right
Quote Left It is not always easy to diagnose. The simplest form of stupidity - the mumbling, nose-picking, stolid incomprehension - can be detected by anyone. But the stupidity which disguises itself as thought, and which talks so glibly and eloquently, indeed never stops talking, in every walk of life is not so easy to identify, because it marches under a formidable name, which few dare attack. It is called Popular Opinion... Quote Right
Quote Left To be a book-collector is to combine the worst characteristics of a dope fiend with those of a miser. Quote Right
Quote Left Nothing is so easy to fake as the inner vision. Quote Right
Quote Left The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealised past. Quote Right
Quote Left A Librettist is a mere drudge in the world of opera. Quote Right
Quote Left Very often when I am introduced to women, I think, What is she really like behind the disguise which she wears? And very often I discover that she is pleasant enough, and probably would expand and glow if she received enough affection. Quote Right
Quote Left Pornography is rather like trying to find out about a Beethoven symphony by having somebody tell you about it and perhaps hum a few bars. Quote Right
Quote Left He was a genius - that is to say, a man who does superlatively and without obvious effort something that most people cannot do by the uttermost exertion of their abilities. Quote Right
Quote Left Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness. Quote Right
Quote Left I never heard of anyone who was really literate or who ever really loved books who wanted to suppress any of them. Censors only read a book with great difficulty, moving their lips as they puzzle out each syllable, when someone tells them that the book is unfit to read. Quote Right
Quote Left Comparatively few people know what a million dollars actually is. To the majority it is a gaseous concept, swelling or decreasing as the occas... Quote Right
Quote Left Students today are a pretty solemn lot. One of the really notable achievements of the twentieth century has been to make the young old before their time. Quote Right
Quote Left Every man is wise when attacked by a mad dog; fewer when pursued by a mad woman; only the wisest survive when attacked by a mad notion. Quote Right
Quote Left The love of truth lies at the root of much humor. Quote Right
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