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    evelyn waugh Quotes

    What is youth except a man or woman before it is ready or fit to be seen?
    — Evelyn Waugh
    tags: men  youth  women 
     
    Art is the symbol of the two noblest human efforts: to construct and to refrain from destruction.
    — Evelyn Waugh
    tags: human  destruction 
     
    Not everyone grows to be old, but everyone has been younger than he is now.
    — Evelyn Waugh
    He was gifted with the sly, sharp instinct for self-preservation that passes for wisdom among the rich.
    — Evelyn Waugh
    tags: wisdom  instinct 
     
    Perhaps all our loves are merely hints and symbols; vagabond-language scrawled on gate-posts and paving-stones along the weary road that others have tramped before us; perhaps you and I are types and this sadness which sometimes falls between us springs from disappointment in our search, each straining through and beyond the other, snatching a glimpse now and then of the shadow which turns the corner always a pace or two ahead of us.
    — Evelyn Waugh
    I think there's almost nothing I can't excuse except perhaps worshiping graven images. That seems to be idiotic.
    — Evelyn Waugh
    If a thing's worth doing at all, it's worth doing well.
    — Evelyn Waugh
    tags: worth 
     
    To see Stephen Spender fumbling with our rich and delicate language is to experience all the horror of seeing a Sevres vase in the hands of a chimpanzee.
    — Evelyn Waugh
    After all, damn it, what does being in love mean if you can't trust a person.
    — Evelyn Waugh
    tags: people  trust 
     
    ... To know and love one other human being is the root of all wisdom.
    — Evelyn Waugh
    tags: human  wisdom 
     
    Feather-footed through the plashy fen passes the questing vole.'-William Boot
    — Evelyn Waugh
    Once you start changing a name, you see, there's no reason ever to stop. One always hears one that sounds better.
    — Evelyn Waugh
    Sometimes, I feel the past and the future pressing so hard on either side that there's no room for the present at all.
    — Evelyn Waugh
    tags: future  past  present 
     
    If politicians and scientists were lazier, how much happier we should all be
    — Evelyn Waugh
    tags: scientist 
     
    Properly understood, style is not a seductive decoration added to a functional structure; it is of the essence of a work of art. The necessary elements of style are lucidity, elegance, and individuality; these three qualities combine to form a preservative which ensures the nearest approximation to permanence in the fugitive art of letters.
    — Evelyn Waugh
    tags: work  quality 
     
    O God, if there is a God, forgive him his sins, if there is such a thing as sin,
    — Evelyn Waugh
    tags: god  sin 
     
    Your actions, and your action alone, determines your worth.
    — Evelyn Waugh
    tags: action  alone  worth 
     
    You have no idea how much nastier I would be if I was not a Catholic. Without supernatural aid I would hardly be a human being.
    — Evelyn Waugh
    One forgets words as one forgets names. One's vocabulary needs constant fertilizing or it will die.
    — Evelyn Waugh
    tags: die 
     
    The splendid thing about education is that everyone wants it. Like influenza, you can give it away without losing any of it yourself.
    — Evelyn Waugh
    tags: education 
     
    Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.
    — Evelyn Waugh
    tags: virtue 
     
    I should like to bury something precious in every place where I've been happy and then, when I'm old and ugly and miserable, I could come back and dig it up and remember.
    — Evelyn Waugh
    Remember that, however patient your study, you will never in adult life learn any language perfectly; the best you can hope for is to be a bore.
    — Evelyn Waugh
    tags: adult  language  learn  hope 
     
    Words should be an intense pleasure just as leather should be to a shoemaker.
    — Evelyn Waugh
    tags: pleasure 
     
    The human mind is inspired enough when it comes to inventing horrors; it is when it tries to invent a Heaven that it shows itself cloddish.
    — Evelyn Waugh
    tags: human  mind  heaven  invent 
     
    Conversation should be like juggling; up go the balls and plates, up and over, in and out, good solid objects that glitter in the footlights and fall with a bang if you miss them.
    — Evelyn Waugh
    What is youth except a man or a woman before it is ready or fit to be seen.
    — Evelyn Waugh
    tags: men  youth  women 
     
    O God, make me good, but not yet.
    — Evelyn Waugh
    tags: god 
     
    The truth is that Oxford is simply a very beautiful city in which it is convenient to segregate a certain number of the young of the nation while they are growing up.
    — Evelyn Waugh
    tags: truth  young  beautiful 
     
    Beware of writing to me. I always answer ... My father spent the last 20 years of his life writing letters. If someone thanked him for a wedding present, he thanked them for thanking him and there was no end to the exchange but death.
    — Evelyn Waugh
    tags: death  present  writing  father  year 
     
    Port is not for the very young, the vain and the active. It is the comfort of age and the companion of the scholar and the philosopher
    — Evelyn Waugh
    Don't give your opinions about Art and the Purpose of Life. They are of little interest and, anyway, you can't express them. Don't analyze yourself. Give the relevant facts and let your readers make their own judgments. Stick to your story. It is not the most important subject in history but it is one about which you are uniquely qualified to speak.
    — Evelyn Waugh
    tags: facts  opinion  stories 
     
    It doesn't matter what people call you unless they call you pigeon pie and eat you up.
    — Evelyn Waugh
    tags: people 
     
    But I was in search of love in those days, and I went full of curiosity and the faint, unrecognized apprehension that here, at last, I should find that low door in the wall, which others, I knew, had found before me, which opened on an enclosed and enchanted garden, which was somewhere, not overlooked by any window, in the heart of that grey city.
    — Evelyn Waugh
    tags: heart  curiosity  garden 
     
    Every Englishman abroad, until it is proved to the contrary, likes to consider himself a traveller and not a tourist.
    — Evelyn Waugh
    A typical triumph of modern science to find the only part of Randolph that was not malignant and remove it.
    — Evelyn Waugh
    It is a curious thing... that every creed promises a paradise which will be absolutely uninhabitable for anyone of civilized taste.
    — Evelyn Waugh
    I did not know it was possible to be so miserable and live but I am told that this is a common experience.
    — Evelyn Waugh
    tags: live  experience 
     
    The most futile and disastrous day seems well spent when it is reviewed through the blue, fragrant smoke of a Havana Cigar.
    — Evelyn Waugh
    tags: smoke  cigar 
     
    An artist must be a reactionary. He has to stand out against the tenor of the age and not go flopping along.
    — Evelyn Waugh
    tags: age  artist 
     
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