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Ben Elton Quotes and Sayings

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Sympathy for victims is always counter-balanced by
an equal and opposite feeling of resentment towards them.
- Ben Elton

I try hard not to preach, but I get carried away,
which is a mistake, but it's a risk worth running.
- Ben Elton

No collection of people who are all waiting for the
same thing are capable of holding a natural conversation.
Even if the thing they are waiting for is only a taxi.
- Ben Elton

I'm easy to work with, not a pushover,
but I respond to criticism and find it inspiring.
- Ben Elton

 

My advice to anyone adapting a novel is that once they've
read it and learnt to understand it,
then they must throw it away and never look at it again!
- Ben Elton

The earth only has so much bounty to offer and inventing
ever larger and more notional prices for that bounty
does not change its real value.
- Ben Elton

Yes, OK, farty is a silly word.
I wish I'd never used it.
I'm 34.
Perhaps it was a word for my 20s.
- Ben Elton

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People who get through life dependent on other people's
possessions are always the first to lecture you on
how little possessions count.
- Ben Elton

We've all got to look at ourselves, start with yourself,
that's all you can do.
I believe that we can act responsibly as a group,
it's just that there are vested interests telling us not to bother.
- Ben Elton

If only the strength of the love that people feel when
it is reciprocated could be as intense and obsessive
as the love we feel when it is not;
then marriages would be truly made in heaven.
- Ben Elton

A man's good name is his best monument
- from an old churchyard at Lockerbie, Scotland

Farewell My Friend
It was beautiful as long as it lasted
The journey of my life.
I have no regrets whatsoever
save the pain I'll leave behind.
Those dear hearts who love and care...
And the strings pulling at the heart and soul...
The strong arms that held me up
When my own strength let me down.
At every turning of my life
I came across good friends,
Friends who stood by me,
Even when the time raced me by.
Farewell, farewell my friends
I smile and bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears for I need them not
All I need is your smile.
If you feel sad do think of me
for that's what I'll like
when you live in the hearts
of those you love, remember then
you never die.
- Gitanjali Ghei PHOTO

Life and death are one thread,
the same line viewed from different sides.
- Lao Tzu

There is no death, only a change of worlds.
- Chief Seattle

My heart bleeds at the death of every one of our gallant men.
- Robert E. Lee

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
love leaves a memory no one can steal.
- From a headstone in Ireland PHOTO

Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love.
- George Eliot

No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy,
the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child.
The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.
- Emma Goldman

I give you this one thought to keep -
I am with you still - I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the sweet uplifting rush,
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft starts that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone -
I am with you still in each new dawn.
- Traditional Native American Prayer

Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.
- Anonymous

For those of true faith, death is not a time to mourn,
but a time to celebrate returning to the Creator.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not mourn the dead, but comfort the living.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.
Rather we should thank God that such men lived.
- George S. Patton

Staying married may have long-term benefits.
You can elicit much more sympathy from friends over
a bad marriage than you ever can from a good divorce.
- P. J. O'Rourke

Sympathy constitutes friendship; but in love there is a sort of antipathy,
or opposing passion.
Each strives to be the other, and both together make up one whole.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Motherhood is at its best when the tender chords of
sympathy have been touched.
- Paul Harris

September 11th was a moment when America had the sympathy of the world.
- Tom Ford

I cannot know the pain you feel.
I cannot share your memories or your loss.
My words of sympathy are beneath measure, yet
know that my heart reaches out with love to your heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It appears to be a law that you cannot have
a deep sympathy with both man and nature.
- Henry David Thoreau

Pity may represent little more
than the impersonal concern
which prompts the mailing of a check,
but true sympathy is the personal concern
which demands the giving of one's soul.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Children, even infants, are capable of sympathy.
But only after adolescence are we capable of compassion.
- Louise J. Kaplan

The novelist must look on humanity without partiality or prejudice.
His sympathy, like that of the historian,
must be unbounded, and untainted by sect or party.
- Goldwin Smith

The professional must learn to be moved and touched emotionally,
yet at the same time stand back objectively:
I've seen a lot of damage done by tea and sympathy.
- Anthony Storr

A crowd always thinks with its sympathy,
never with its reason.
- William R. Alger

I have a lot of sympathy for young people because I
realize how disturbed I was.
How would I deal with life in the future? What would I do for a living?
- Clyde Tombaugh

All sympathy not consistent with acknowledged virtue
is but disguised selfishness.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

I have to have a character worth caring about.
I tend not to start writing books about people I don't
have a lot of sympathy for because I'm just going to be with them too long.
- Richard Russo

Marriage must be a relation either of sympathy or of conquest.
- George Eliot

I want the municipality to be a helping hand to the
man with a desire of sympathy,
to help the fallen when it is not in their power to help themselves.
- John Burns

The more sympathy you give, the less you need.
- Malcolm Forbes

Deliberately seek opportunities for kindness,
sympathy, and patience.
- Evelyn Underhill

Reasoned arguments and suggestions which make allowance
for the full difficulties of the state of war that exists may help,
and will always be listened to with respect and sympathy.
- Stafford Cripps

Sympathy is charming, but it does not make up for pain.
- Lillie Langtry

Teetotallers lack the sympathy and generosity of men that drink.
- W. H. Davies

To desire and expect nothing for oneself and to have
profound sympathy for others is genuine holiness.
- Ivan Turgenev

Sympathy is the first condition of criticism.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

According to your sympathy, you will take pleasure
in your own happiness or in the happiness of other people;
but it is always your own happiness you seek.
- John Buchanan Robinson

Although I'm Australian, I find myself much more in
sympathy with the Austrian version!
- David Chalmers

You are 27 or 28 right? It is very tough to live at that age.
When nothing is sure.
I have sympathy with you.
- Haruki Murakami

We do not learn by inference and deduction and the
application of mathematics to philosophy,
but by direct intercourse and sympathy.
- Richard M. Nixon

It's hard for me to think of others because I'm not
particularly in sympathy with the music of this century.
- Alan Hovhaness

Women have no sympathy and my experience of women is
almost as large as Europe.
- Florence Nightingale

It is in our faults and failings, not in our virtues,
that we touch each other, and find sympathy.
It is in our follies that we are one.
- Jerome K. Jerome

It is the right of our people to organize to oppose
any law and any part of the Constitution with which
they are not in sympathy.
- Alfred E. Smith

Interest does not tie nations together;
it sometimes separates them.
But sympathy and understanding does unite them.
- Woodrow Wilson

Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed upon the Yankees.
Apparently it angers them.
- Bob Feller

Sympathy with nature is part of a good person's religion.
- Francis Herbert Hedge

Women ought to feel a peculiar sympathy in the colored man's wrong,
for, like him, she has been accused of mental inferiority,
and denied the privileges of a liberal education.
- Angelina Grimke

California must be all American or all Chinese.
We are resolved that it shall be American,
and are prepared to make it so.
May we not rely upon your sympathy and assistance?
- Denis Kearney

Our sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery.
- Edward Gibbon

There's no greater way to gain an audience's sympathy
than by being unfortunate.
- Seth Green

I would rather be kept alive in the efficient if cold
altruism of a large hospital than expire in a gush
of warm sympathy in a small one.
- Aneurin Bevan

I didn't go to university.
Didn't even finish A-levels.
But I have sympathy for those who did.
- Terry Prachett

We are living at a time when creeds and ideologies vary and clash.
But the gospel of human sympathy is universal and eternal.
- Samuel Hopkins Adams

He bit his lip in a manner which immediately awakened my maternal sympathy,
and I helped him bite it.
- S. J. Perelman

I learnt pity, sympathy, and what it was like to be
at the other end of the stick.
Such lessons can't be learnt in lecture halls.
- Lionel Blue

I sometimes get that wonderful sympathy between me and the audience,
telling me I've reached their hearts.
And when I do, the thrill is mine.
- Kate Smith

I can hardly express in words my deep feeling and sympathy for them,
knowing as I do, the many serious handicaps and obstacles
that will confront them in almost every walk of life.
- Major Taylor

Sympathy is two hearts tugging at one load.
- Charles Henry Parkhurst

We were united not only by political respect for each other,
but also by deep mutual sympathy as people.
- Helmut Kohl

Recognition of belligerency as an expression of sympathy is all very well.
- Henry Cabot Lodge


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