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Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Arthur St. John Waugh English satirical novelist
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We cherish our friends not for their ability to amuse us, but for ours to amuse them.

Evelyn Waugh

I do not believe the expenditure of $2.50 for a book entitles the purchaser to the personal friendship of the author.

Evelyn Waugh

Of children as of procreation - the pleasure momentary, the posture ridiculous, the expense damnable.

Evelyn Waugh

Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.

Evelyn Waugh

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

Evelyn Waugh

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

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

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Suffering is none the less acute and much more lasting when it is put into words.

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

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

Evelyn Waugh

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

Evelyn Waugh

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

Evelyn Waugh

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

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

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

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

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We schoolmasters must temper discretion with deceit.

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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.

Evelyn Waugh

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Evelyn Waugh

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.

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