Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Quotations

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They can print statistics and count the populations in hundreds of thousands, but to each man a city consists of no more than a few streets, a few houses, a few people. Remove those few and a city exists no longer except as a pain in the memory, like a pain of an amputated leg no longer there.

Graham Greene, Our Man in Havana



Life is often too peculiar for fiction. Form implies a measure of selection.

Sybille Bedford

Can somebody explain to my wife that men, by definition, cannot nag.

James Delingpole


For writers it is always said that the first twenty years contain the whole of experience - the rest is observation - but I think this is equally true of us all.

Graham Greene


There’s four sorts of people tryin’ to get to be rulers. They all want to make things better, but they want to make ’em better in different ways. There’s Conservatives an’ they want to make things better by keepin’ ’em jus’ like what they are now. An’ there’s Lib’rals an’ they want to make things better by alterin’ them jus’ a bit, but not so’s anyone’d notice, an’ there’s Socialists, an’ they want to make things better by takin’ everyone’s money off ’em, an’ there’s Communists an’ they want to make things better by killin’ everyone but themselves.

Henry in Richmal Crompton's “William, Prime Minister” (1929)

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