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Dean William R. Inge Quotes

(1860-1954), Dean of St Paul's, London

How to gain, how to keep, how to recover happiness is in fact for most men at all times the secret motive o all they do, and of all they are willing to endure.

Category: Action

I think middle-age is the best time, if we can escape the fatty degeneration of the conscience which often sets in at about fifty.

Category: Age And Aging

There are two kinds of fools: One says, ''This is old therefore it is good.'' The other one says, ''This is new therefore it is better.''

Category: Change

Consciousness is a phase of mental life which arises in connection with the formation of new habits. When habit is formed, consciousness only interferes to spoil our performance.

Category: Consciousness

There are no rewards or punishments -- only consequences.

Category: Consequences

Every institution not only carries within it the seeds of its own dissolution, but prepares the way for its most hated rival.

Category: Institutions

Let us remember, when we are inclined to be disheartened, that the private soldier is a poor judge of the fortunes of a great battle.

Category: Judgment And Judges

Literature flourishes best when it is half trade and half an art.

Category: Literature

In dealing with Englishmen you can be sure of one thing only, that the logical solution will not be adopted.

Category: Nationalities And Nationalism

Public opinion, a vulgar, impertinent, anonymous tyrant who deliberately makes life unpleasant for anyone who is not content to the average person.

Category: Opinions

It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.

Category: Peace

What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.

Category: Plagiarism

To become a popular religion, it is only necessary for a superstition to enslave a philosophy.

Category: Religion

A man may build himself a throne of bayonets, but he can't sit on it.

Category: Revolutions And Revolutionaries

Whoever marries the spirit of this age will find himself a widower in the next.

Category: Society