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Evelyn Waugh Quotes

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Evelyn Waugh
October 28, 1903 - April 10, 1966
Nationality: English
Category: Author
Subcategory: English Author

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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


I put the words down and push them a bit.


Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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


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


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