English Historian Quotes

163 English Historian quotes:

"I am indeed rich, since my income is superior to my expenses, and my expense is equal to my wishes."
"It has always been my practice to cast a long paragraph in a single mould, to try it by my ear, to deposit it in my memory, but to suspend the action of the pen till I had given the last polish to my work."
"Nothing is so useless as a general maxim."
"Nothing except the mint can make money without advertising."
"If the French noblesse had been capable of playing cricket with their peasants, their chateaux would never have been burnt."
"Village cricket spread fast through the land."
"It is my contention that Aesop was writing for the tortoise market. hares have no time to read."
"A complete woman is probably not a very admirable creature. She is manipulative, uses other people to get her own way, and works within whatever system she is in."
"You have no idea how promising the world begins to look once you have decided to have it all for yourself. And how much healthier your decisions are once they become entirely selfish."
"Old men should have more care to end life well than to live long."
"Writing novels preserves you in a state of innocence - a lot passes you by - simply because your attention is otherwise diverted."
"It will be a pity if women in the more conventional mould are to be phased out, for there will never be anyone to go home to."
"Great writers are the saints for the godless."
"There are moments when you feel free, moments when you have energy, moments when you have hope, but you can't rely on any of these things to see you through. Circumstances do that."
"No blame should attach to telling the truth. But it does, it does."
"In real life, of course, it is the hare that wins. Every time. Look around you."
"In real life, it is the hare who wins. Every time. Look around you. And in any case it is my contention that Aesop was writing for the tortoise market. Hares have no time to read. They are too busy winning the game."
"Their poverty secured their freedom, since our desires and our possessions are the strongest fetters of despotism."
"Revenge is profitable, gratitude is expensive."
"All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance."

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