William Ralph Inge

English prelate noted for his pessimistic sermons and articles (1860-1954)

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A man may build himself a throne of bayonets, but he can't sit on it.
A nation is a society united by delusions about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbors.
Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter.
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.
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.
In dealing with Englishmen you can be sure of one thing only, that the logical solution will not be adopted.
It takes in reality only one to make a quarrel. It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favour of vegetarianism while the wolf remains of a different opinion.
Many people believe they are attracted by God, or by Nature, when they are only repelled by man.
The aim of education is the knowledge not of fact, but of values.
The happiest people seem to be Those who have no particular cause for being happy Except that they are so.
The wise man is he who knows the relative value of things.
There are no rewards or punishments -- only consequences.
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.
There is no law of progress. Our future is in our own hands, to make or to mar. It will be an uphill fight to the end, and would we have it otherwise Let no one suppose that evolution will ever exempt us from struggles. 'You forget,' said the Devil, with a chuckle, 'that I have been evolving too.'
We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.
What is originality Undetected plagiarism.
What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.
Whoever marries the spirit of this age will find himself a widower in the next.
Worry is interest paid on trouble before it falls due.
Worry is interest paid on trouble before it is due.

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