Arnold Bennett

Arnold Bennett

British novelist

Lived from: 1867-1931

Quotes: Arnold Bennett

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    A cause may be inconvenient, but it's magnificent. It's like champagne or high heels, and one must be prepared to suffer for it.
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    A first-rate Organizer is never in a hurry. He is never late. He always keeps up his sleeve a margin for the unexpected.
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    All wrong doing is done in the sincere belief that it is the best thing to do.
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    Always behave as if nothing had happened, no matter what has happened.


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    Any change, even for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.
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    Because her instinct has told her, or because she has been reliably informed, the faded virgin knows that the supreme joys are not for her; she knows by a process of the intellect; but she can feel her deprivation no more than the young mother can feel the hardship of the virgin's lot.
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    Being a husband is a whole-time job. That is why so many husbands fail. They cannot give their entire attention to it.
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    Does there, I wonder, exist a being who has read all, or approximately all, that the person of average culture is supposed to have read, and that not to have read is a social sin? If such a being does exist, surely he is an old, a very old man.
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    Essential characteristic of the really great novelist: a Christ-like, all-embracing compassion.
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    Falsehood often lurks upon the tongue of him, who, by self-praise, seeks to enhance his value in the eyes of others.
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    Happiness includes chiefly the idea of satisfaction after full honest effort. No one can possibly be satisfied and no one can be happy who feels that in some paramount affairs he failed to take up the challenge of life.
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    Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self-confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense.
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    If egotism means a terrific interest in one's self, egotism is absolutely essential to efficient living.
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    It is easier to go down a hill than up, but the view is from the top.


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    It is well, when judging a friend, to remember that he is judging you with the same godlike and superior impartiality.
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