Dean William R. Inge

Dean of St Paul's, London

Lived from: 1860-1954

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    A man may build himself a throne of bayonets, but he can't sit on it.
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    Consciousness is a phase of mental life which arises in connection with the formation of new habits. When habit is formed, consciousness only interferes to spoil our performance.
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    Every institution not only carries within it the seeds of its own dissolution, but prepares the way for its most hated rival.
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    How to gain, how to keep, how to recover happiness is in fact for most men at all times the secret motive o all they do, and of all they are willing to endure.
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    I think middle-age is the best time, if we can escape the fatty degeneration of the conscience which often sets in at about fifty.
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    In dealing with Englishmen you can be sure of one thing only, that the logical solution will not be adopted.
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    It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.
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    Let us remember, when we are inclined to be disheartened, that the private soldier is a poor judge of the fortunes of a great battle.
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    Literature flourishes best when it is half trade and half an art.
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    Public opinion, a vulgar, impertinent, anonymous tyrant who deliberately makes life unpleasant for anyone who is not content to the average person.
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    There are no rewards or punishments - only consequences.
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    There are two kinds of fools: One says, ''This is old therefore it is good.'' The other one says, ''This is new therefore it is better.''
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    To become a popular religion, it is only necessary for a superstition to enslave a philosophy.
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    What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.
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    Whoever marries the spirit of this age will find himself a widower in the next.
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