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James Payn Quotes and Sayings

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In England, literary pretence is more universal than
elsewhere from our method of education.
- James Payn

The idea of bringing young people up to Literature
is doubtless calculated to raise the eyebrows almost
as much as the suggestion of bringing them up to the Stage.
- James Payn

Nor, in our own country, must we fail to take notice
of the establishment of School Boards.
- James Payn

Nature of course is the best guide in the matter of choosing a pursuit.
- James Payn

 

For my part, I do not much believe in the predilections of boyhood.
- James Payn

And what holds good of verse holds infinitely better in respect to prose.
- James Payn

In all highly civilised communities Pretence is prominent,
and sooner or later invades the regions of Literature.
- James Payn

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One forgives the critic - perhaps - but never the good-natured friend.
- James Payn

But, on the other hand, the occasional and precarious
dripping of coppers has by no means a genial effect.
- James Payn

A nobler example, because a less personal one,
of the pinch of poverty, is when it prevents the accomplishment
of some cherished scheme for the benefit of the human race.
- James Payn

A man with an invention on which he has spent his life,
but has no means to get it developed for the good of humanity -
or even patented for himself -
must feel the pinch of poverty very acutely.
- James Payn

The fact is, if a young man is naturally indolent,
the spur of necessity will drive him but a very little way,
while the having enough to live upon is often the means
of preserving his self-respect.
- James Payn

How large and varied is the educational bill of fare
set before every young gentleman in Great Britain;
and to judge by the mental stamina it affords him in most cases,
what a waste of good food it is!
- James Payn

To the truly benevolent mind, indeed,
nothing is more satisfactory than to hear of a miser
denying himself the necessaries of life a little too
far and ridding us of his presence altogether.
- James Payn

It is quite extraordinary how very various are the
opinions entertained on this point,
and, before sifting them, one must be careful in the
first place to eliminate from our inquiry the cases
of that considerable class of persons who pinch themselves.
- James Payn

As a rule, anyone who can tell a good story can write one,
so there really need be no mistake about his qualification;
such a man will be careful not to be wearisome,
and to keep his point, or his catastrophe,
well in hand.
- James Payn

There are, it is true, at present no great prizes in
literature such as are offered by the learned professions,
but there are quite as many small ones -
competences; while,
on the other hand, it is not so much of a lottery.
- James Payn

It is better, however, for his own reputation that
the story-teller should risk a few actions for libel
on account of these unfortunate coincidences than that
he should adopt the melancholy device of using blanks or asterisks.
- James Payn

One would think that in writing about literary men
and matters there would be no difficulty in finding a title for one's essay,
or that any embarrassment which might arise would be from excess of material.
I find this, however, far from being the case.
- James Payn

Cultivating literature as I do upon a little oatmeal,
and driving, when in a position to be driven at all,
in that humble vehicle, the 'bus, I have had,
perhaps, exceptional opportunities for observing their
mutual position and behaviour;
and it is very peculiar.
- James Payn

A great philosopher has stated that the worst evil of poverty is,
that it makes folks ridiculous; by which,
I hope, he only means that, as in the above case,
it places them in incongruous positions.
- James Payn

It has often struck me that the relation of two important
members of the social body to one another has never
been sufficiently considered,
or treated of, so far as I know, either by the philosopher or the poet.
- James Payn

For my part, I do not feel that the scheme of future happiness,
which ought by rights to be in preparation for me,
will be at all interfered with by my not meeting again the man I have in my mind.
- James Payn

Some Critics on the Hearth are not only good-natured,
but have rather too high, or, if that is impossible,
let us say too pronounced, an opinion of the abilities
of their literary friends.
- James Payn

It is certain, indeed, that the sacred writers were
apt to make great allowances for people with empty stomachs,
and though I am well aware that the present profane
ones think this very reprehensible,
I venture to agree with the sacred writers.
- James Payn

To eat well in England, you should have a breakfast three times a day.
- W. Somerset Maugham

More emphasis was thus thrown upon the local governments than in England.
- Albert Bushnell Hart

What a pity it is that we have no amusements in England but vice and religion!
- Sydney Smith

Here in England we live at a slower pace,
have more time to enjoy things - like good jazz.
- Chris Barber

At the present moment the people of England are only three-quarters fed,
and the result of this improvement in the export of
our manufactures would be,
that they would be entirely fed.
- Joseph Hume

England is very interested as well, and other countries
if I could speak the languages!
- Miranda Otto

The Church in England is the Church of England.
- Joseph Barber Lightfoot

Judged by the law of England, I know this crime entails
upon me the penalty of death;
but the history of Ireland explains that crime and justifies it.
- Thomas Francis Meagher

I think England will win a Test.
My concern is Australia will probably win two.
- Geoffrey Boycott

The most serious charge which can be brought against
New England is not Puritanism but February.
- Joseph Wood Krutch

I miss England.
I miss the weather.
I've spent moss of the last 25 years on tour.
I'm ready to come home.
- Sting

In England, I'm a horror movie director.
In Germany, I'm a filmmaker.
In the US, I'm a bum.
- John Carpenter

My first crush was Hayley Mills when I was a little kid in England.
I used to kiss her picture goodnight.
- Rick Springfield

In England, it's thought to be morally suspect to worry
about what your surroundings look like.
- Howard Hodgkin

Oh, the ignorance of us upon whom Providence did not
sufficiently smile to permit us to be born in New England.
- Horace Porter

England is one of my favorite places.
The fans are just so crazy.
- Britney Spears

I'm a working-class kid from a blue-collar New England family.
- R. A. Salvatore

We opened a design center in the South of England last
year as part of our strategy for being close to our
customers and developing innovative products for exciting new markets.
- David Milne

In England, David and I are big fish in a small pond.
But in L.A., we are tiny, tiny, tiny fish in a big pond.
- Victoria Beckham

England was incredibly dull and everything exciting seemed to be in America.
- Gerald Scarfe

When France resolved, along with England,
to lend assistance in the legitimate defense of Poland,
the realization burst on us that a conflict of awesome
proportions was inevitable.
- Rene Cassin

Tea-shops were to become my favourite haunts in England.
- Zola Budd

My affiliation with England is borne out by the fact
that I do come back for periodic visits.
- George Shearing

If the people in Britain knew the nature and disposition
of the New England people as well as we do they would
not find so many friends in England as I suppose they do.
- Nathaniel Smith

There was still food rationing in England and life
was difficult all through my 2 year stay in Oxford.
- Sydney Brenner

There are the manufacturing multitudes of England;
they must have work,
and find markets for their work; if machines and the Black Country are ugly,
famine would be uglier still.
- Goldwin Smith

I lived in England to learn English.
When I went to England for the first time,
it was like being on the Moon.
I had no friends, I couldn't speak the language.
I was very isolated.
- Jean Alesi

Men of New England, I hold you to the doctrines of
liberty which ye inherit from your Puritan forefathers.
- Caleb Cushing

Continuity is one of the things I like about New England.
- Tracy Kidder

On the Continent people have good food;
in England people have good table manners.
- George Mikes

I am quite prepared, if we can do it without any disrespect to the Crown of England,
to bring our titles to the marketplace and make a bonfire of them.
- Wilfrid Laurier

We stay as a team.
I might be England captain, but that doesn't mean I get treated differently.
- David Beckham

Shaking hands with the Queen of England was a long
way from being forced to sit in the colored section
of the bus going into downtown Wilmington,
North Carolina.
- Althea Gibson

In the western part of England lived a gentleman of large fortune,
whose name was Merton.
- Thomas Day

When I came to England at the very beginning of commercial
television it was easy for me because I was only doing
one or two shows a week at most.
It was really a holiday.
- Richard Lester

When I went back to England after a year away,
the country seemed stuck, dozing in a fairy tale,
stifled by the weight of tradition.
- Brian Eno

At age 10 or 12 he's going to boarding school in the Isle of Wight.
The Isle of Wight is, of course, down at the bottom
of England just off South Hampton.
- Jeremy Irons

When I get off the plane in England I always feel about two inches shorter.
- Alan Rickman

In England, we don't have any guns whatsoever.
- Simon Pegg

No matter how much money you have or what kind of cocoon you live in,
the reality is that you have lost a game of football
and let England's fans down.
We are bothered.
- Rio Ferdinand

Figo is as important to England as Beckham is.
- Mark Lawrenson

I don't think England is that gray but India is like a long drone.
- Ray Davies

The law reports in newspapers contain perhaps the only
real history of England that has any relation to truth.
- Robert Baldwin Ross

And though various organizations in America and England
collected money and sent food parcels to these refugees,
nothing was ever received by the Spanish.
- Martha Gellhorn

If I could create an ideal world, it would be an England
with the fire of the Elizabethans,
the correct taste of the Georgians, and the refinement
and pure ideals of the Victorians.
- H. P. Lovecraft

It is therefore not unreasonable to suppose that some
portion of the neglect of science in England,
may be attributed to the system of education we pursue.
- Charles Babbage


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