Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh

British novelist

Lived from: 1903-1966

Quotes: Evelyn Waugh

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    All this fuss about sleeping together. For physical pleasure I'd sooner go to my dentist any day.
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    Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
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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.
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    An artist must be an reactionary. He has to stand out against the tenor of the age.
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    Anyone who has been to an English public school will always feel comparatively at home in prison. It is the people brought up in the gay intimacy of the slums who find prison so soul-destroying.
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    His courtesy was somewhat extravagant. He would write and thank people who wrote to thank him for wedding presents and when he encountered anyone as punctilious as himself the correspondence ended only with death.
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    If politicians and scientist were lazier, how much happier we should all be.
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    If we can't stamp out literature in the country, we can at least stop its being brought in from outside.
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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.
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    It is a curious thing that every creed promises a paradise which will be absolutely uninhabitable for anyone of civilized taste.
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    Manners are especially the need of the plain. The pretty can get away with anything.
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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.
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    One forgets words as one forgets names. One's vocabulary needs constant fertilizing or it will die.
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    Only when one has lost all curiosity about the future has one reached the age to write an autobiography.
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    Other nations use ''force''; we Britons alone use ''Might.''
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