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Quotations by author » Evelyn Waugh
English writer, 1903-1966
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Aesthetic value is often the by-product of the artist striving to do something else
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All this fuss about sleeping together. For physical pleasure I'd sooner go to my dentist any day.
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Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
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Anyone who has been to an English public school will always feel comparatively at home in prison. It is the people brought up in the gay intimacy of the slums who find prison so soul-destroying.
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Art is the symbol of the two noblest human efforts: to construct and to refrain from destruction.
Art
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.
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Don't hold your parents up to contempt. After all, you are their son, and it is just possible that you may take after them.
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He was gifted with the sly, sharp instinct for self-preservation that passes for wisdom among the rich.
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His courtesy was somewhat extravagant. He would write and thank people who wrote to thank him for wedding presents and when he encountered anyone as punctilious as himself the correspondence ended only with death.
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I came to the conclusion many years ago that almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression
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I expect you'll be becoming a schoolmaster, sir. That's what most of the gentlemen does, sir, that gets sent down for indecent behaviour.
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I haven't been to sleep for over a year. That's why I go to bed early. One needs more rest if one doesn't sleep.
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I put the words down and push them a bit.
Words
I think to be oversensitive about cliches is like being oversensitive about table manners.
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I'm one of the blind alleys off the main road of procreation.
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If politicians and scientists were lazier, how much happier we should all be
Politicians
If we can't stamp out literature in the country, we can at least stop its being brought in from outside.
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If, for instance, they have heard something from the postman, they attribute it to ''a semi-official statement''; if they have fallen into conversation with a stranger at a bar, they can conscientiously describe him as ''a source that has hitherto proved unimpeachable.'' It is only when the journalist is reporting a whim of his own, and one to which he attaches minor importance, that he defines it as the opinion of ''well-informed circles.''
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In the dying world I come from quotation is a national vice. It used to be the classics, now it's lyric verse.
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In the dying world I come from, quotation is a national vice.
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