Evelyn Waugh - Quotes

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One forgets words as one forgets names. One's vocabulary needs constant fertilizing or it will die. ---->>>

Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.

Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.

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. ---->>>

Your actions, and your action alone, determines your worth.

Your actions, and your action alone, determines your worth.

It is a curious thing... that every creed promises a paradise which will be absolutely uninhabitable for anyone of civilized taste. ---->>>

In the dying world I come from, quotation is a national vice. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Art is the symbol of the two noblest human efforts: to construct and to refrain from destruction. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

We cherish our friends not for their ability to amuse us, but for ours to amuse them. ---->>>

We schoolmasters must temper discretion with deceit. ---->>>

All this fuss about sleeping together. For physical pleasure I'd sooner go to my dentist any day. ---->>>

Instead of this absurd division into sexes they ought to class people as static and dynamic. ---->>>

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.

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.

My unhealthy affection for my second daughter has waned. Now I despise all my seven children equally. ---->>>

News is what a chap who doesn't care much about anything wants to read. And it's only news until he's read it. After that it's dead. ---->>>

Perhaps host and guest is really the happiest relation for father and son. ---->>>

There are no poetic ideas; only poetic utterances. ---->>>

When we argue for our limitations, we get to keep them. ---->>>

He was gifted with the sly, sharp instinct for self-preservation that passes for wisdom among the rich. ---->>>

I think to be oversensitive about cliches is like being oversensitive about table manners. ---->>>

There is a species of person called a 'Modern Churchman' who draws the full salary of a beneficed clergyman and need not commit himself to any religious belief. ---->>>

Professional reviewers read so many bad books in the course of duty that they get an unhealthy craving for arresting phrases. ---->>>

You never find an Englishman among the under-dogs except in England, of course. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Manners are especially the need of the plain. The pretty can get away with anything. ---->>>

Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression. ---->>>

I haven't been to sleep for over a year. That's why I go to bed early. One needs more rest if one doesn't sleep. ---->>>

Not everyone grows to be old, but everyone has been younger than he is now. ---->>>

Other nations use 'force'; we Britons alone use 'Might'. ---->>>

What is youth except a man or woman before it is ready or fit to be seen? ---->>>

I put the words down and push them a bit. ---->>>

If we can't stamp out literature in the country, we can at least stop its being brought in from outside. ---->>>

We class schools into four grades: leading school, first-rate school, good school and school. ---->>>


Nationality: English
Born: 10-28, 1903
Die: 04-10, 1966
Occupation: Author

Arthur Evelyn St. John Waugh (; 28 October 1903 – 10 April 1966) was an English writer of novels, biographies and travel books. He was also a prolific journalist and reviewer of books. His most famous works include the early satires Decline and Fall (1928) and A Handful of Dust (1934), the novel Brideshead Revisited (1945) and the Second World War trilogy Sword of Honour (1952–61) (wikipedia)