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William Ralph Inge
June 6, 1860 - February 26, 1954
Nationality: English
Category: Clergyman
Subcategory: English Clergyman

Consciousness is a phase of mental life which arises in connection with the formation of new habits. When habit is formed, consciousness only interferes to spoil our performance.


Nobody is bored when he is trying to make something that is beautiful or to discover something that is true.


Literature flourishes best when it is half a trade and half an art.


No Christian can be a pessimist, for Christianity is a system of radical optimism.


Public opinion, a vulgar, impertinent, anonymous tyrant who deliberately makes life unpleasant for anyone who is not content to the average person.


A man may build himself a throne of bayonets, but he can't sit on it.


Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.


The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular cause for being happy except that they are so.


The enemies of freedom do not argue; they shout and they shoot.


I think middle-age is the best time, if we can escape the fatty degeneration of the conscience which often sets in at about fifty.


To become a popular religion, it is only necessary for a superstition to enslave a philosophy.


Prayer gives a man the opportunity of getting to know a gentleman he hardly ever meets. I do not mean his maker, but himself.


Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter.


Theater is, of course, a reflection of life. Maybe we have to improve life before we can hope to improve theater.


It is astonishing with how little wisdom mankind can be governed, when that little wisdom is its own.


A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbours.


True faith is belief in the reality of absolute values.


Whoever marries the spirit of this age will find himself a widower in the next.


I have never understood why it should be considered derogatory to the Creator to suppose that he has a sense of humour.


We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.


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