Evelyn Waugh

(1903_1966 / Hampstead)

Evelyn Waugh Quotes

  • ''That impersonal insensitive friendliness which takes the place of ceremony in that land of waifs and strays.''
    Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), British novelist. The Loved One (1948). Of Aimée Thanatogenos, an American.
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  • ''The impersonal insensitive friendliness which takes the place of ceremony in that land of waifs and strays.''
    Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), British novelist. The Loved One, p. 71 (1948, repr. 1951). Of Aimée Thanatogenos, an American.
  • ''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.''
    Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), British novelist. Ambrose, in Put Out More Flags, ch. 1, sect. 7 (1942).
  • ''It is a curious thing that every creed promises a paradise which will be absolutely uninhabitable for anyone of civilised taste.''
    Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), British novelist. Ambrose, in Put Out More Flags, ch. 1, sct. 7 (1942).
  • ''That's the public-school system all over. They may kick you out, but they never let you down.''
    Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), British novelist. Captain Grimes, in Decline and Fall, pt. 1, ch. 3 (1928). Paul Pennyfeather, to whom these words are addressed, had been given a letter of recommendation by his housemaster after being expelled from school.
  • ''News is what a chap who doesn't care much about anything wants to read. And it's only news until he's read it. After that it's dead.''
    Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), British novelist. Corker, in Scoop, bk. 1, ch. 5, sct. 1 (1938).
  • ''If we can't stamp out literature in the country, we can at least stop its being brought in from outside.''
    Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), British novelist. Customs officer, in Vile Bodies, ch. 2 (1930).
  • ''We can trace almost all the disasters of English history to the influence of Wales.''
    Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), British novelist. Decline and Fall, pt. 1, ch. 8 (1928). Referring to the influence of a colleague, Dr. Fagan.
  • ''In the dying world I come from quotation is a national vice. It used to be the classics, now it's lyric verse.''
    Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), British novelist. Dennis Barlow, in The Loved One, p. 108 (1948, repr. 1951).

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