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J. B. Priestley
September 13, 1894 - August 14, 1984
Nationality: British
Category: Writer
Subcategory: British Writer

Be yourself is about the worst advice you can give to some people.


Marriage is like paying an endless visit in your worst clothes.


In plain words: now that Britain has told the world that she has the H-Bomb she should announce as early as possible that she has done with it, that she proposes to reject in all circumstances nuclear warfare.


Many a man is praised for his reserve and so-called shyness when he is simply too proud to risk making a fool of himself.


Public opinion polls are rather like children in a garden, digging things up all the time to see how they're growing.


A novelist who writes nothing for 10 years finds his reputation rising. Because I keep on producing books they say there must be something wrong with this fellow.


We pay when old for the excesses of youth.


The greater part of critics are parasites, who, if nothing had been written, would find nothing to write.


The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?


We should like to have some towering geniuses, to reveal us to ourselves in colour and fire, but of course they would have to fit into the pattern of our society and be able to take orders from sound administrative types.


I know only two words of American slang, 'swell' and 'lousy'. I think 'swell' is lousy, but 'lousy' is swell.


There are plenty of clever young writers. But there is too much genius, not enough talent.


Perhaps it would be better not to be a writer, but if you must, then write.


Britain, which in the years immediately before this war was rapidly losing such democratic virtues as it possessed, is now being bombed and burned into democracy.


The greatest writers of this age... are aware of the mystery of our existence.


If we openly declare what is wrong with us, what is our deepest need, then perhaps the death and despair will by degrees disappear.


Accidents, try to change them - it's impossible. The accidental reveals man.


There was no respect for youth when I was young, and now that I am old, there is no respect for age, I missed it coming and going.


When I was young there was no respect for the young, and now that I am old there is no respect for the old. I missed out coming and going.


To show a child what once delighted you, to find the child's delight added to your own - this is happiness.


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