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William Ralph Inge Quotes and Sayings

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

Related topics: Wisdom

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

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

Many people believe that they are attracted by God,
or by Nature, when they are only repelled by man.
- William Ralph Inge

 

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.
- William Ralph Inge

No Christian can be a pessimist, for Christianity is
a system of radical optimism.
- William Ralph Inge

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

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There are no rewards or punishments -
only consequences.
- William Ralph Inge

Whoever marries the spirit of this age will find himself a widower in the next.
- William Ralph Inge

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

True faith is belief in the reality of absolute values.
- William Ralph Inge

Literature flourishes best when it is half a trade and half an art.
- William Ralph Inge

The enemies of freedom do not argue;
they shout and they shoot.
- William Ralph Inge

It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism,
while the wolf remains of a different opinion.
- William Ralph Inge

Every institution not only carries within it the seeds of its own dissolution,
but prepares the way for its most hated rival.
- William Ralph Inge

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

Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.
- William Ralph Inge

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

In dealing with Englishmen you can be sure of one thing only,
that the logical solution will not be adopted.
- William Ralph Inge

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

Nobody is bored when he is trying to make something
that is beautiful or to discover something that is true.
- William Ralph Inge

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

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.
- William Ralph Inge

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

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.
- William Ralph Inge

The most astonishing thing about miracles is that they happen.
- Gilbert (G. K.) Chesterton

Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount
of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.
- Henry B. Adams

It is astonishing how little one feels alone when one loves.
- John Bulwer

I could never have conceived that I would ever get
to work in a Truffaut film.
It was astonishing to me, and still is.
I felt like an old pro, but it was still so unexpected.
- Jacqueline Bisset

I had gained the summit of a commanding ridge,
and, looking round with astonishing delight,
beheld the ample plains, the beauteous tracts below.
- Daniel Boone

I think the way IBM has embraced the open source philosophy
has been quite astonishing,
but gratifying.
I hope they'll do very well with it.
- Larry Wall

The fact that someone came forward and offered $1.25
million to make a movie was astonishing.
We were also allowed to keep many of the original stage cast.
- Richard O'Brien

Isn't it astonishing that all these secrets have been
preserved for so many years just so we could discover them!
- Orville Wright

The priest is an immense being because he makes the
crowd believe astonishing things.
- Charles Baudelaire

As somebody who's been writing about this subject for
getting on twenty years now,
it's astonishing how the climate has changed in the last five years.
- Anthony Holden

The most astonishing joy is to receive from the muses
the gift of a whole lyric.
- James Broughton

It's astonishing what some women will put up with just to have a warm body.
Some of the brightest women I know are just obsessed with that search.
It's very sad.
- Judith Rossner

I was fortunate enough to visit a lot of beautiful places around the world.
The most astonishing and memorable experiences were
my trips to Africa and Australia.
- Karolina Kurkova

Everyone has seen photographs of Mexicans wearing those big sombreros.
When you come to Mexico, the astonishing thing is,
nobody wears these hats at all.
- Bruce Beresford

Under these conditions it is not astonishing that learning was highly prized;
in fact,
my parents made sacrifices to be able to give their
children a good education.
- Simon van der Meer

It is astonishing what force, purity,
and wisdom it requires for a human being to keep clear of falsehoods.
- Margaret Fuller

It is astonishing what an effort it seems to be for
many people to put their brains definitely and systematically to work.
- Thomas A. Edison

Reviewers said Ghost Country was rich,
astonishing and affecting in the way it blended comedy,
magic, and a gritty urban realism in a breathtaking
ride along Chicago's mean streets.
- Sara Paretsky

Don't you think it astonishing that,
at 58,
I am still working at improving my career?
- Placido Domingo

American families, families back home in Minnesota,
know only too well that out-of-pocket expenses for
health care have been rising at an astonishing rate.
- Jim Ramstad

The head of Fermilab was reading Astonishing Stories when he was ten.
- Frederik Pohl

Hamlet is an astonishing intelligence.
- Ben Kingsley

I want the reader to feel something is astonishing.
Not the 'what happens,' but the way everything happens.
These long short story fictions do that best,
for me.
- Alice Munro

The Shakespeare that Shakespeare became is the name
that's attached to these astonishing objects that he left behind.
- Stephen Greenblatt

It is astonishing what a lot of odd minutes one can catch during the day,
if one really sets about it.
- Dinah Maria Mulock

The implication that everyone would have to accept
its judgments uncritically,
that it was a decision from which there could be no appeal,
was astonishing.
- Edwin Meese

I have been trying to point out that in our lives chance
may have an astonishing influence and,
if I may offer advice to the young laboratory worker,
it would be this - never to neglect an extraordinary appearance or happening.
- Alexander Fleming

And, as I have said, it's made me think twice about the imagination.
If the spirits aren't external, how astonishing the mediums become!
Victor Hugo said of his voices that they were like
his own mental powers multiplied by five.
- James Merrill

Genius is nothing more than common faculties refined to a greater intensity.
There are no astonishing ways of doing astonishing things.
All astonishing things are done by ordinary materials.
- Benjamin Haydon

When Ulysses hears his own story sung by an epic poet
and then he reveals his identity and the poet wants to continue singing,
Ulysses isn't interested any longer.
That's very astonishing.
- Raymond Queneau

What matters here are the works - finally without them
his life would be uninteresting.
What matters, that is, are the astonishing things that he left behind.
If we can get the life in relation to the works,
then it can take off.
- Stephen Greenblatt

English girls' schools to-day providing the higher education are,
so far as my knowledge goes, worthily representative
of that astonishing rise in the intellectual standards
of women which has taken place in the last half-century.
- Mary A. Ward

My father, though, could run very much faster.
It was impossible to compete with him on the grass.
But it was astonishing how slow old people were.
Some of them could not run up a hill and called it trying to climb stairs.
- Georg Brandes

When we contemplate the heroes of Christianity,
and compare our feeble efforts with their astonishing
performance and self devotion,
we should fall into despair, were there not a few softening features,
by which they are brought back to the ranks of humanity.
- John Strachan

First of all, there was a volcano of words,
an eruption of words that Shakespeare had never used
before that had never been used in the English language before.
It's astonishing.
It pours out of him.
- Stephen Greenblatt

I think I came across Cecil Taylor a bit later,
in 65 or 66.
That really impressed me - Cecil Taylor is an amazing character...
Both his music and the way he approaches the instrument are astonishing.
- Luc Ferrari

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again,
but expecting different results.
- Rita Mae Brown, also attributed to Einstein

The Main Thing is to Keep
The Main Thing The Main Thing.
- Stephen Covey

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.
- Helen Keller

The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing,
and should be treated with caution.
- J. K. Rowling

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing
over and over and expecting different results.
- Albert Einstein

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong

When a thing is funny, search it for a hidden truth.
- George Bernard Shaw


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