Friday, 20 May 2016

Quotations for Friday


My guilty secret is that I’m really a working class Tory. There, I’ve said it. I’d love to be a liberal because they’re the nice people but it’s really hard work – I can’t swallow their gullibility and I think their ideas are stupid.

John Bird, not the comedian but the founder of The Big Issue.

The more highly industrialised the country, the more easily a materialistic philosophy will flourish in it, and the more deadly that philosophy will be. Britain has been highly industrialised longer than any other country. And the tendency of unlimited industrialism is to create bodies of men and women — of all classes — detached from tradition, alienated from religion and susceptible to mass suggestion: in other words, a mob. And a mob will be no less a mob if it is well fed, well clothed, well housed, and well disciplined. 

T.S. Eliot in 1948. 

But the age of Ford has passed. Mass suggestion is rather out of date in the internet age and we are de-industrialising.

I like simple things, books, being alone, or with somebody who understands.

Daphne du Maurier.

The advantage of being intelligent, is that we can always play stupid, however being the opposite is completely impossible.

Woody Allen. 

I am not sure. Intelligence is visible in the eyes.

"Consule Planco" - when Lord Rosebery was Prime Minister.

G. M. Young

Julian Jebb

Have you found any professional criticism of your work illuminating or helpful? Edmund Wilson, for example?

Evelyn Waugh

Is he an American?

Julian Jebb


Evelyn Waugh

I don't think what they have to say is of much interest, do you?

In fact, Wilson had written a hostile review of Brideshead Revisited that cost Waugh sales. He knew exactly who Wilson was.

1 comment:

  1. Bigotry does not consort happily with free trade

    Peter Akroyd.