Evelyn Waugh

(1903_1966 / Hampstead)

Evelyn Waugh Quotes

  • ''We schoolmasters must temper discretion with deceit.''
    Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), British novelist. Dr. Fagan, in Decline and Fall, pt. 1, ch. 2 (1928).
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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.''
    Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), British novelist. Interview, Writers at Work, Third Series, ed. George Plimpton (1967).
  • ''Other nations use "force"; we Britons alone use "Might."''
    Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), British novelist. Mr. Baldwin, in Scoop, bk. 2, ch. 5, sct. 1 (1938).
  • ''Feather-footed through the plashy fen passes the questing vole.''
    Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), British novelist. Mr. Salter, in Scoop, bk. 1, ch. 1, sct. 4 (1938). Example of "good style."
  • ''All this fuss about sleeping together. For physical pleasure I'd sooner go to my dentist any day.''
    Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), British novelist. Nina Blount, in Vile Bodies, ch. 6 (1930). To her fiancé Adam Fenwick-Symes.
  • ''Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.''
    Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), British novelist. prison Governor Sir Wilfred Lucas-Dockery, in Decline and Fall, pt. 3, ch. 1 (1928). Paul Pennyfeather, to whom these words are addressed, has just been informed that he is to be put to work in the Arts and Crafts Workshop.
  • ''Manners are especially the need of the plain. The pretty can get away with anything.''
    Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), British novelist. Quoted in Observer (London, April 15, 1962).
  • ''You never find an Englishman among the under-dogs—except in England, of course.''
    Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), British novelist. Sir Ambrose Abercrombie, in The Loved One, p. 13 (1948, repr. 1951).
  • ''One forgets words as one forgets names. One's vocabulary needs constant fertilizing or it will die.''
    Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), British novelist. The Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, entry for Dec. 25, 1962, ed. Michael Davie (1976).
  • ''Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.''
    Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), British novelist. Journal entry, March 26, 1962. The Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, ed. Michael Davie (1976).

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