Quotations From EVELYN WAUGH

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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • 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).
  • 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).

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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.
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • We schoolmasters must temper discretion with deceit.
    Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), British novelist. Dr. Fagan, in Decline and Fall, pt. 1, ch. 2 (1928).
  • 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.

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