British Biographer Quotes
The beauty of the picture is an abiding concrete of the painter's vision.
I have switched on this modern laptop machine. And I have told myself that I must resist the temptation to start playing solitaire upon it.
Were Love exempt from the militations of Necessity, he were greater than God and the World.
A nation's wealth is too serious a matter to be left to the wealthy. The riches of a nation belong to all, to be shared among all for the general welfare.
Pierre Stephen Robert Payne
Just as there are O.K.-words in conversationship so there are O.K.-people to mention in Newstatesmanship.
O, saw ye the lass wi' the bonnie blue een?
Her smile is the sweetest that ever was seen,
Her cheek like the rose is, but fresher, I ween,
She 's the loveliest lassie that trips on the green.
When a book's pattern and the shape of its inner life is as plain to the reader as it is to the author -- then perhaps it is time to throw the book aside, as having had its day, and start again on something new.
I admit that I also yearn to leave my mark on society, and not see machines or people trample it foolishly.
On the one hand it's only shit; on the other, shit's shit, and what we desire in the world is less, not more, of it.
When people are old enough to know better they are old enough to do worse.
If you want to know about a man's gifts, you should see him at work, if you want to know about his temper, you should see him at home.
Lord David Cecil
It was on Good Friday that Miss Bendix lost her faith. She had really lost it before then, but, as is often the case with losses, she did not notice that anything was missing for some time after it had gone.
Sins become more subtle as you grow older. You commit sins of despair rather than lust.
Piers Paul Read
The facts of life are to the biographer what the text of a novel is to the critic.
The happiest marriages are full of alternative lives, lived in the head, unknown to the partner.
John Bayley (writer)
In the love affair, as in sculpture, poetry, and every other fine art, no lasting success can be achieved without skill.
Doris Langley Moore
I used to think it was great to disregard happiness, to press on to a high goal, careless, disdainful of it. But now I see that there is nothing so great as to be capable of happiness...
Anne Gilchrist (writer)
In things greate and extraordinary some perhaps will take notice of God's working, who either forgett or believe not that he takes as well a care and account of their smallest concernments...
One of the penalties of longevity is that some of the dearest and most familiar faces depart, leaving gaps which cannot be filled.
She imagines herself clean as a fish,
evasive, solitary, dumb. Her prayer:
to make peace with her own monstrous nature.
When we advance a little into life, we find that the tongue of man creates nearly all the mischief of the world.
Edwin Paxton Hood
Quote of the day
Life does not give itself to one who tries to keep all its advantages at once. I have often thought morality may perhaps consist solely in the courage of making a choice.
Predictions that didn't happen
If it's on the Internet it must be true
Remarkable Last Words (or Near-Last Words)
Philip James Bailey
Letitia Elizabeth Landon