Evelyn Waugh

English author of satirical novels (1903-1966)

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An artist must be a reactionary. He has to stand out against the tenor of the age and not go flopping along.
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.
I do not believe the expenditure of $2.50 for a book entitles the purchaser to the personal friendship of the author.
If we can't stamp out literature in the country, we can at least stop its being brought in from outside.
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.
It is a curious thing ... that every creed promises a paradise which will be absolutely uninhabitable for anyone of civilized taste.
It is a curious thing... that every creed promises a paradise which will be absolutely uninhabitable for anyone of civilized taste.
Manners are especially the need of the plain. The pretty can get away with anything.
Of children as of procreation - the pleasure momentary, the posture ridiculous, the expense damnable.
Only when one has lost all curiosity about the future has one reached the age to write an autobiography.
Other nations use force; we Britons alone use Might.
Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.
Saints are simply men and women who have fulfilled their natural obligation which is to approach God.
That's the public-school system all over. They may kick you out, but they never let you down.
The human mind is inspired enough when it comes to inventing horrors; it is when it tries to invent a Heaven that it shows itself cloddish.
We cherish our friends not for their ability to amuse us, but for ours to amuse them.
What is youth except a man or a woman before it is ready or fit to be seen
What is youth except a man or a woman before it is ready or fit to be seen?

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