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Arnold Bennett Quotes

(1867-1931), British Novelist

There can be no doubt that the average man blames much more than he praises. His instinct is to blame. If he is satisfied he says nothing; if he is not, he most illogically kicks up a row.

Category: Blame

Does there, I wonder, exist a being who has read all, or approximately all, that the person of average culture is supposed to have read, and that not to have read is a social sin? If such a being does exist, surely he is an old, a very old man.

Category: Books And Reading

Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission.

Category: Censorship

Mother is far too clever to understand anything she does not like.

Category: Cleverness

Much ingenuity with a little money is vastly more profitable and amusing than much money without ingenuity.

Category: Creativity

It is easier to go down a hill than up, but the view is from the top.

Category: Effort

If egotism means a terrific interest in one's self, egotism is absolutely essential to efficient living.

Category: Egotism

It is well, when judging a friend, to remember that he is judging you with the same godlike and superior impartiality.

Category: Friends And Friendship

Happiness includes chiefly the idea of satisfaction after full honest effort. No one can possibly be satisfied and no one can be happy who feels that in some paramount affairs he failed to take up the challenge of life.

Category: Happiness

Of all the inhabitants of the inferno, none but Lucifer knows that hell is hell, and the secret function of purgatory is to make of heaven an effective reality.

Category: Hell

To the artist is sometimes granted a sudden, transient insight which serves in this matter for experience. A flash, and where previously the brain held a dead fact, the soul grasps a living truth! At moments we are all artists.

Category: Inspiration

All wrong doing is done in the sincere belief that it is the best thing to do.

Category: Mistakes

We need a sense of the value of time -- that is, of the best way to divide one's time into one's various activities.

Category: Planning

A first-rate Organizer is never in a hurry. He is never late. He always keeps up his sleeve a margin for the unexpected.

Category: Planning

It is within the experience of everyone that when pleasure and pain reach a certain intensity they are indistinguishable.

Category: Pleasure