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English novelist, 1857-1924
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'The horror! The horror!
A caricature is putting the face of a joke on the body of a truth.
A man is a worker. If he is not that he is nothing.
A man that is born falls into a dream like a man who falls into the sea. If he tries to climb out into the air as inexperienced people endeavor to do, he drowns.
A man's most open actions have a secret side to them.
A man's real life is that accorded to him in the thoughts of other men by reason of respect or natural love.
A word carries far - very far - deals destruction through time as the bullets go flying through space.
A work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line.
Above all, we must forgive the unhappy souls who have elected to make the pilgrimage on foot, who skirt the shore and look uncomprehendingly upon the horror of the struggle, the joy of victory, the profound hopelessness of the vanquished
Action is consolatory. It is the enemy of thought and the friend of flattering illusions.
All a man can betray is his conscience
All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward upon the miseries and credulities of mankind
An artist is a man of action, whether he creates a personality, invents an expedient, or finds the issue of a complicated situation
As in political so in literary action a man wins friends for himself mostly by the passion of his prejudices and the consistent narrowness of his outlook.
As to honor - you know - it's a very fine mediaeval inheritance which women never got hold of. It wasn't theirs.
Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally in dealing with men.
Being a WomanMen and WomenWomen
Between the conception
and the creation
between the emotion
and the response
Falls the shadow
Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.
Danger lies in the writer becoming the victim of his own exaggeration, losing the exact notion of sincerity, and in the end coming to despise truth itself as something too cold, too blunt for his purpose -- as, in fact, not good enough for his insistent emotion. From laughter and tears the descent is easy to sniveling and giggles.
Don't talk to me of your Archimedes' lever. He was an absentminded person with a mathematical imagination. Mathematics commands all my respect, but I have no use for engines. Give me the right word and the right accent and I will move the world.
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