Monday 24 June 2019



“One can never successfully lie to a fiction writer, because we know all about making things up.”

William Trevor

"People are of immense importance but the relations between them are not."

E.M. Forster

"There's something about a 'varsity man that distinguishes him from a cad:

You can tell by his tie and blazer he's a 'varsity undergrad,

And you know that he's always ready and up to a bit of a lark,

With a toy balloon and a whistle and some cider after dark."

Sir John Betjeman

"Drugs are instead of people."

Eric Berne

1 comment:

  1. He that serves God for money will serve the Devil for better wages.

    Sir Roger L'Estrange

    What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
    “That’s your problem”.

    Louis de Bernières

    "I realised that I had set so many of my novels and stories abroad, because custom had prevented me from seeing how exotic my own country is. Britain really is an immense lunatic asylum. That is one of the things that distinguishes us among the nations... We are rigid and formal in some ways, but we believe in the right to eccentricity, as long as the eccentricities are large enough... Woe betide you if you hold your knife incorrectly, but good luck to you if you wear a loincloth and live up a tree."

    Louis de Bernières

    Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day. I really look with commiseration over the great body of my fellow citizens, who, reading newspapers, live and die in the belief that they have known something of what has been passing in the world.

    Thomas Jefferson,
    Letter to John Norvell, June 14, 1807

    “A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier.”

    H. L. Mencken

    I detect today a certain public skepticism when intellectuals stand up to preach to us, a growing tendency among ordinary people to dispute the right of academics, writers and philosophers, eminent though they may be, to tell us how to behave and conduct our affairs. The belief seems to be spreading that intellectuals are no wiser as mentors, or worthier as exemplars, than the witch doctors or priests of old. I share that skepticism. A dozen people picked at random on the street are at least as likely to offer sensible views on moral and political matters as a cross-section of the intelligentsia. But I would go further. One of the principal lessons of our tragic century, which has seen so many millions of innocent lives sacrificed in schemes to improve the lot of humanity, is—beware intellectuals. Not merely should they be kept away from the levers of power, they should also be objects of particular suspicion when they seek to offer collective advice.

    Paul Johnson