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

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.


We schoolmasters must temper discretion with deceit.


There are no poetic ideas; only poetic utterances.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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