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    what about Christianity? Are we right in the face of so long a record of its poverty in international achievement, to keep invoking it as a standard, almost synonymous with civilization?
    — Rose Macaulay
    God very seldom succeeds. He has very nearly everything against him, of course.
    — Rose Macaulay
    tags: god 
     
    Life is one long struggle to disinter oneself, to keep one's head above the accumulations, the ever deepening layers of objects ... which attempt to cover one over, steadily, almost irresistibly, like falling snow.
    — Rose Macaulay
    tags: oneself  struggle 
     
    The superior thing ... was to be late. Lateness showed that serene contempt for the illusion we call time which is so necessary to ensure the respect of others and oneself. Only the servile are punctual.
    — Rose Macaulay
    The impulse to ask questions is among the more primitive human lusts.
    — Rose Macaulay
    tags: human  lust  questions 
     
    To lunch with the important ... that should be the daily goal of those for whom life is not a playground but a ladder.
    — Rose Macaulay
    tags: goal 
     
    Cruelty was the devil, and most people were, in one way or another, cruel. Tyranny, suppression, persecution, torture, slavery, war, neglect - all were cruel. The world was acid and sour with hate, fat with greed, yellow with the triumph of the strong and the rich.
    — Rose Macaulay
    It is to the eccentrics that the world owes most of its knowledge.
    — Rose Macaulay
    tags: world 
     
    Decades have a delusive edge to them. They are not, of course, really periods at all, except as any other ten years may be. But we, looking at them, are caught by the different name each bears, and give them different attributes, and tie labels on them, as if they were flowers in a border.
    — Rose Macaulay
    tags: flowers  year 
     
    Atheism was natural enough, but heresy seemed strange. For, surely, if one could believe anything, one could believe everything.
    — Rose Macaulay
    tags: believe  atheism 
     
    It wasn't really touching to be young; it was touching not to be young, because you had less of life left. Touching to be thirty; more touching to be forty; tragic to be fifty; and heartbreaking to be sixty. As to seventy, as to eighty, one would feel as one did during the last dance of a ball, tired but fey in the paling dawn, desperately making the most of each bar of music before one went home to bed.
    — Rose Macaulay
    tags: young  music  dance 
     
    News is like food: it is the cooking and serving that makes it acceptable, not the material itself.
    — Rose Macaulay
    Only one hour in the normal day is more pleasurable than the hour spent in bed with a book before going to sleep, and that is the hour spent in bed with a book after being called in the morning.
    — Rose Macaulay
    tags: sleep  book 
     
    The great and recurrent question about Abroad is, is it worth the trouble of getting there?
    — Rose Macaulay
    tags: questions  worth 
     
    We know one another's faults, virtues, catastrophes, mortifications, triumphs, rivalries, desires, and how long we can each hang by our hands to a bar. We have been banded together under pack codes and tribal laws.
    — Rose Macaulay
    tags: desires  law  virtue 
     
    At the worst, a house unkept cannot be so distressing as a life unlived.
    — Rose Macaulay
    Once you get to know your neighbors, you are no longer free, you are all tangled up, you have to stop and speak when you are out and you never feel safe when you are in.
    — Rose Macaulay
    Human passions against eternal laws - that is the everlasting conflict.
    — Rose Macaulay
    tags: human  law  conflict  passion 
     
    Adultery is a meanness and a stealing, a taking away from someone what should be theirs, a great selfishness, and surrounded and guarded by lies lest it should be found out. And out of meanness and selfishness and lying flow love and joy and peace beyond anything that can be imagined.
    — Rose Macaulay
    tags: selfishness  peace  joy  lies  lying 
     
    It is a common delusion that you make things better by talking about them.
    — Rose Macaulay
    If words are to change their meanings, as assuredly they are, let each user of language make such changes as please himself, put up his own suggestions, and let the best win.
    — Rose Macaulay
    tags: meaning  language 
     
    Words move, turning over like tumbling clowns; like certain books and like fleas, they possess activity. All men equally have the right to say, 'This word shall bear this meaning,' and see if they can get it across. It is a sporting game, which all can play, only all cannot win.
    — Rose Macaulay
    tags: men  meaning  right  book  games 
     
    Churches are wonderful and beautiful, and they are vehicles for religion, but no Church can have more than a very little of the truth.
    — Rose Macaulay
    tags: truth  beautiful  church 
     
    miss my daily Mass, and have a superstitious feeling that anything may happen on the days I don't go. However, nothing in particular has.
    — Rose Macaulay
    Words, living and ghostly, the quick and the dead, crowd and jostle the otherwise too empty corridors of my mind ... To move among this bright, strange, often fabulous herd of beings, to summon them at my will, to fasten them on to paper like flies, that they may decorate it, this is the pleasure of writing.
    — Rose Macaulay
    tags: living  pleasure  mind  writing 
     
    The poet has to make a synthesis out of the moral life of our time, and this life is lived at this moment on a political plane.
    — Rose Macaulay
    tags: time  moment  political  morals  poet 
     
    Nearly all novels are too long.
    — Rose Macaulay
    tags: novel 
     
    A hot bath! How exquisite a vespertine pleasure, how luxurious, fervid and flagrant a consolation for the rigours, the austerities, the renunciations of the day.
    — Rose Macaulay
    tags: pleasure 
     
    As to the family, I have never understood how that fits in with the other ideals -or, indeed, why it should be an ideal at all. A group of closely related persons living under one roof; it is a convenience, often a necessity, sometimes a pleasure, sometimes the reverse; but who first exalted it as admirable, an almost religious ideal?
    — Rose Macaulay
    Age has extremely little to do with anything that matters. The difference between one age and another is, as a rule, enormously exaggerated.
    — Rose Macaulay
    tags: age  rules 
     
    Many persons read and like fiction. It does not tax the intelligence and the intelligence of most of us can so ill afford taxation that we rightly welcome any reading matter which avoids this.
    — Rose Macaulay
    So they left the subject and played croquet, which is a very good game for people who are annoyed with one another, giving many opportunities for venting rancor.
    — Rose Macaulay
    It was a book to kill time for those who liked it better dead.
    — Rose Macaulay
    tags: time  book 
     
    Once learnt, this business of cooking was to prove an ever growing burden. It scarcely bears thinking about, the time and labour that man and womankind has devoted to the preparation of dishes that are to melt and vanish in a moment like smoke or a dream, like a shadow, and as a post that hastes by, and the air closes behind them, afterwards no sign where they went is to be found.
    — Rose Macaulay
    They... threw themselves into the interests of the rest, but each plowed his or her own furrow. Their thoughts, their little passions and hopes and desires, all ran along separate lines. Family life is like this - animated, but collateral.
    — Rose Macaulay
    Women have one great advantage over men. It is commonly thought that if they marry they have done enough, and need career no further. If a man marries, on the other hand, public opinion is all against him if he takes this view.
    — Rose Macaulay
    Nothing, perhaps, is strange, once you have accepted life itself, the great strange business which includes all lesser strangeness.
    — Rose Macaulay
    tags: business 
     
    Each wrong act brings with it its own anesthetic, dulling the conscience and blinding it against further light, and sometimes for years.
    — Rose Macaulay
    tags: conscience  wrong  year 
     
    You should always believe what you read in the newspapers, for that makes them more interesting.
    — Rose Macaulay
    tags: believe  read 
     
    I seldom meet actors, they are to me bright strange fishes swimming in an element alien to me; I feel that to meet them is to See Life.
    — Rose Macaulay
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