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Perhaps it would be better not to be a writer,
by J. B. Priestley

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

Comedy, we may say, is society protecting itself -
with a smile.
- J. B. Priestley

We pay when old for the excesses of youth.
- J. B. Priestley

Marriage is like paying an endless visit in your worst clothes.
- J. B. Priestley

 

Western man is schizophrenic.
- J. B. Priestley

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

The greatest writers of this age...
are aware of the mystery of our existence.
- J. B. Priestley

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

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.
- J. B. Priestley

Our trouble is that we drink too much tea.
I see in this the slow revenge of the Orient,
which has diverted the Yellow River down our throats.
- J. B. Priestley

She was a handsome woman of forty-five and would remain so for many years.
- J. B. Priestley

The more we elaborate our means of communication,
the less we communicate.
- J. B. Priestley

If you are a genius, you'll make your own rules,
but if not - and the odds are against it -
go to your desk no matter what your mood,
face the icy challenge of the paper -
write.
- J. B. Priestley

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

I never read the life of any important person without
discovering that he knew more and could do more than
I could ever hope to know or do in half a dozen lifetimes.
- J. B. Priestley

Living in an age of advertisement, we are perpetually disillusioned.
The perfect life is spread before us every day,
but it changes and withers at a touch.
- J. B. Priestley

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

To different minds, the same world is a hell,
and a heaven.
- J. B. Priestley

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.
- J. B. Priestley

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.
- J. B. Priestley

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

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.
- J. B. Priestley

I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day,
a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of
magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.
- J. B. Priestley

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

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

Be yourself is about the worst advice you can give to some people.
- J. B. Priestley

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.
- J. B. Priestley

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?
- J. B. Priestley

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.
- J. B. Priestley

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.
- J. B. Priestley

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

Anger? perhaps there is a better way.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is more value in a very good painting
that is completed and on display,
than in an excellent painting
that is still in the artist's studio,
or perhaps still in his mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Improve what you can
and accept all the rest of life
just as it comes.
Know that fear is your worst enemy -
perhaps your only enemy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know that fear is your worst enemy -
perhaps your only enemy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
- Henry David Thoreau

If a man loses pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Let him step to the music which he hears,
however measured or far away.
- Henry David Thoreau

Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right,
than to be responsible and wrong.
- Winston Churchill

I must uphold my ideals,
for perhaps the time will come
when I shall be able to carry them out.
- Anne Frank

A state of expectancy is a great asset;
a state of uncertainty -
one moment thinking "perhaps"
and the next moment thinking "I don't know" -
will never get desired results.
- Ernest Holmes

"Fair" is not a useful concept.
Life is not "fair."
You can't make life "fair."
You can get angry.
You can complain about life not being "fair."
You can attempt revenge - perhaps violently.
You can inflict great suffering upon yourself
in the name of life being "unfair."
And Life is still not "fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence.
Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear.
Perhaps the action you take will be successful;
perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow.
But any action is better than no action at all.
- Norman Vincent Peale

What if it were only an illusion?
Perhaps life is not as threatening as it appears.
Perhaps the greatest threat to our serenity
is our fear of the future -
our fear of the unknown.
Perhaps, as Franklin D. Roosevelt said,
"The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed,
and in such desperate enterprises?
If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
- Henry David Thoreau

The greatest virtue of man is perhaps curiosity.
- Anatole France

Ever had a bad hair day -
a day when everything seemed to be going wrong?
Perhaps today is a day to soothe your ruffled feathers,
take a deep breath, and reaffirm that
the weight of the world is really not on your shoulders,
unless you choose to assume that burden.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Smile.
Today would be a wonderful day
not to take life so seriously.
Today may end up the way you prefer -
and it may not.
Happiness is not about being a winner -
it's about being gentle with life -
being gentle with yourself.
Let life be a dance,
and choose the kind of
dance you want for today -
perhaps a gentle loving dance.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Maybe life isn't really as complicated
as we make it out to be.
Perhaps a simple child-like attitude would create
a less stressful and happier life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Choose your goal and keep your eye on it. Never give up.
Perhaps you will need to change your plan
and approach you goal from a different direction, but don't quit.
Keep thinking. Keep re-planning. Keep going.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My compassionate intents are generally received clearly
and acted upon - perhaps not immediately,
or in exactly the way I hope -
but acted upon favorably, nonetheless.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest battle of all is simply... Life.
This is no child's game. This is the big one -
the Super Bowl - the Game of all games.
The rules of Life are unwritten and unknown.
Perhaps, one could say that there are no rules.
The Judge has ultimate power.
She can call the game at any time - for any reason.
The penalties in the Game are completely arbitrary -
in both timing and severity.
Penalty for what, we ask?
The Judge is silent.
How can I win the Game?
"You can never win," comes the answer,
"So just take pleasure in playing the Game."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store.
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.
- Dr. Seuss

When one gets angry, it is always angry AT someone -
perhaps a friend or spouse, perhaps a stranger,
perhaps the nameless "they" - "those people at the bank wronged me,"
perhaps God, or perhaps oneself.
In any case, when one gets angry,
they want to find someone to be "responsible" for what happened.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

God is Within You!
You yourself are the creator.
If you find that place within you
from which you brought this thing about,
you will be able to live with it and affirm it,
perhaps even enjoy it, as your life.
- Joseph Campbell

I seldom think about my limitations,
and they never make me sad.
Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times;
but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers.
- Helen Keller

Each of us holds a different image of God.
There are as many perspectives on
the nature of God as there are people.
However much any of us may choose to argue,
or to fight and kill, for our point of view,
the nature of God is an unanswerable question.
Perhaps there is a specific answer,
that we will never learn - in this lifetime.
Perhaps the nature of God is so complex and multifaceted
that each view of God describes an aspect of the complex whole.
Or perhaps the nature of God is actually defined by our beliefs.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Might I perhaps win my wings?
I've been waiting for over 200 years now, sir,
and people ARE beginning to talk.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.
- Wallace Stevens

Perhaps one has to be very old before one learns
to be amused rather than shocked.
- Pearl S. Buck

Perhaps nature is our best assurance of immortality.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

One of the greatest cause of unhappiness -
perhaps even the only cause of unhappiness - is comparison.
I remember as a young child hearing my mother say,
"Comparisons are odious."
That is one of the oldest sayings in the English language,
and one of the most important.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Not everyone is always going to like what you do.
Your job application, your book proposal,
your offer of marriage is going to
get rejected sometimes - perhaps often.
Your boss, your spouse, even the person
behind you in the supermarket checkout line
is occasionally going to think that you are doing it all wrong.
Don't take it personally.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.
- Claude Monet

Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other.
Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then.
- Katharine Hepburn

Perhaps people, and kids especially,
are spoiled today,
because all the kids today have cars,
it seems.
When I was young you were lucky to have a bike.
- James Cagney

I'm afraid I talk a lot, too much, perhaps.
I should have been a lawyer or a college professor or a windy politician,
though I'm glad I am not any of these.
- Tom Glazer

Perhaps it is because cats do not live by human patterns,
do not fit themselves into prescribed behavior,
that they are so united to creative people.
- Andre Norton

Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing
for most of us that it is not.
- Oscar Wilde

I consider my greatest accomplishment to be lifelong celibacy.
- Isaac Newton
(discoverer of the laws of gravitation and motion,
famous mathematician, and perhaps the greatest scientist ever)

Technology is a gift of God.
After the gift of life it is perhaps the greatest of God's gifts.
It is the mother of civilizations, of arts and of sciences.
- Freeman Dyson

Aeneas carried his aged father on his back from the
ruins of Troy and so do we all,
whether we like it or not, perhaps even if we have never known them.
- Angela Carter


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