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William Ralph Inge Quotes

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William Ralph Inge quotes

In dealing with Englishmen you can be sure of one thing only, that the logical solution will not be adopted.

Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter.

I have never understood why it should be considered derogatory to the Creator to suppose that he has a sense of humour.

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.

There are no rewards or punishments - only consequences.

It is astonishing with how little wisdom mankind can be governed, when that little wisdom is its own.

The enemies of freedom do not argue; they shout and they shoot.

Every institution not only carries within it the seeds of its own dissolution, but prepares the way for its most hated rival.

Literature flourishes best when it is half a trade and half an art.

True faith is belief in the reality of absolute values.

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.

Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.

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.

The aim of education is the knowledge not of facts but of values.

The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular cause for being happy except that they are so.

A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbours.

Nobody is bored when he is trying to make something that is beautiful or to discover something that is true.

It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.

Theater is, of course, a reflection of life. Maybe we have to improve life before we can hope to improve theater.