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#1. There are plenty of clever young writers. But there is too much genius, not enough talent. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#2. There was no respect for youth when I was young, and now that I am old, there is no respect for age. I missed it coming and going. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#3. If we openly declare what is wrong with us, what is our deepest need, then perhaps the death and despair will by degrees disappear. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#4. She was a handsome woman of forty-five and would remain so for many years. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#5. Depending upon shock tactics is easy, whereas writing a good play is difficult. Pubic hair is no substitute for wit. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#6. Britain, which in the years immediately before this war was rapidly losing such democratic virtues as it possessed, is now being bombed and burned into democracy. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#7. If you are a genius, you'll make your own rules, but if not - and the odds are against it - go to your desk no matter what your mood, face the icy challenge of the paper - write. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#8. We must beware the revenge of the starved senses, the embittered animal in its prison. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#9. A loving wife will do anything for her husband except stop criticizing him and trying to improve him. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#10. The point is to be good-to be sensitive and sincere. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#11. Comedy, we may say, is society protecting itself - with a smile. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#12. The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#13. We complain and complain, but we have lived and seen the blossom -apple, pear, cherry, plum, almond blossom - in the sun; and the best among us cannot pretend they deserve - or could contrive - anything better. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#14. Write as often as possible, not with the idea at once of getting into print, but as if you were learning an instrument. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#15. The real lost souls don't wear their hair long and play guitars. They have crew cuts and trained minds, sign on for research in biological warfare, and don't give their parents a moment's worry. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#16. A good holiday is one spent among people whose notions of time are vaguer than yours. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#17. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#18. To show a child what has once delighted you, to find the child's delight added to your own, so that there is now a double delight seen in the glow of trust and affection, this is happiness. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#19. We don't live alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other. And I tell you that the time will soon come when if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish. Good night. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#20. Like its politicians and its wars, society has the teenagers it deserves. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#21. A lot of men who have accepted - or had imposed upon them in boyhood - the old English public school styles of careful modesty in speech, with much understatement, have behind their masks an appalling and impregnable conceit of themselves. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#22. To show a child what once delighted you, to find the child's delight added to your own - this is happiness. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#23. A novelist who writes nothing for 10 years finds his reputation rising. Because I keep on producing books they say there must be something wrong with this fellow. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#24. Perhaps it would be better not to be a writer, but if you must, then write. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#25. Living in an age of advertisement, we are perpetually disillusioned. The perfect life is spread before us every day, but it changes and withers at a touch. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#26. Public opinion polls are rather like children in a garden, digging things up all the time to see how they're growing. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#27. To put failure behind you, face up to it. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#28. To resent and remember brings strife; to forgive and forget brings peace. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#29. There can be no doubt that smoking nowadays is largely a miserable automatic business. People use tobacco without ever taking an intelligent interest in it. They do not experiment, compare, fit the tobacco to the occasion. A man should always be pleasantly conscious of the fact that he is smoking. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#30. The way to write a book is the application of the seat of one's pants to the seat of one's chair - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#31. When we are older we are able to live in - and make the best of - one continuing world, but when we are young we feel sometimes that in an unknown and sinister fashion the whole cosmos has been changed, one age ended and another begun when we were not noticing what was happening. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#32. To multiply your joy, count your blessings. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#33. What a grand, higgledy-piggledy, sensible old place Norwich is! - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#34. To make the most of Christmas, focus on Christ. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#35. It is hard to tell where the MCC ends and the Church of England begins. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#36. Time's only a kind of dream, Kay. If it wasn't, it would have to destroy everything - the whole universe - and then remake it again every tenth of a second. But Time doesn't
destroy anything. It merely moves us on - in this life - from one peephole to the next. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#37. We pay when old for the excesses of youth. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#38. The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found? - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#39. It is good fiction, so largely ignored now, that brings us so much closer to the real facts. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#40. Western man is schizophrenic. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#41. In a matriarchy men should be encouraged to take it easy, for most women prefer live husbands to blocks of shares and seats on the board. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#42. Public men, Mr Birling, have responsibilities as well as privileges. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#43. I have always been a grumbler. I am designed for the part - sagging face, weighty underlip, rumbling, resonant voice. Money couldn't buy a better grumbling outfit. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#44. I fancy that the Hell of Too Many People would occupy a respectable place in the hierarchy of infernal regions. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#45. Our dourest parsons, who followed the nonconformist fashion of long extemporary prayers, always seemed to me to be bent on bullying God. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#46. We cannot get grace from gadgets. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#47. The greatest writers of this age ... are aware of the mystery of our existence. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#48. Marriage is like paying an endless visit in your worst clothes. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#49. Most writers enjoy two periods of happiness - when a glorious idea comes to mind, and when a last page has been written and you haven't had time to know how much better it ought to be - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#50. I never read the life of any important person without discovering that he knew more and could do more than I could ever hope to know or do in half a dozen lifetimes. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#51. Man, the creature who knows he must die, who has dreams larger than his destiny, who is forever working a confidence trick on himself, needs an ally. Mine has been tobacco. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#52. A synopsis is a cold thing. You do it with the front of your mind. If you're going to stay with it, you never get quite the same magic as when you're going all out. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#53. Sometimes you might think the machines we worship make all the chief appointments, promoting the human beings who seem closest to them. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#54. The most lasting reputation I have is for an almost ferocious aggressiveness, when in fact I am amiable, indulgent, affectionate, shy and rather timid at heart. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#55. Nearly everything possible had been done to spoil the game: the heavy financial interest; the absurd transfer and player-selling system; the lack of any birth or residential qualifications; the absurd publicity given to every feature of it by the press; the monstrous partisanships of the crowds. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#56. Our trouble is that we drink too much tea. I see in this the slow revenge of the Orient, which has diverted the Yellow River down our throats. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#57. Any fool can be fussy and rid himself of energy all over the place, but a man has to have something in him before he can settle down to do nothing. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#58. In plain words: now that Britain has told the world that she has the H-Bomb she should announce as early as possible that she has done with it, that she proposes to reject in all circumstances nuclear warfare. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#59. Production goes up and up because high pressure advertising and salesmanship constantly create new needs that must be satisfied: this is Admass- a consumer's race with donkeys chasing an electric carrot. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#60. California, that advance post of our civilization, with its huge aircraft factories, TV and film studios, automobile way of life ... its flavourless cosmopolitanism, its charlatan philosophies and religions, its lack of anything old and well-tried rooted in tradition and character. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#61. I know only two words of American slang, 'swell' and 'lousy'. I think 'swell' is lousy, but 'lousy' is swell. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#62. Those no-sooner-have-I-touched-the-pillow people are past my comprehension. There is something bovine about them. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#63. We cannot get grace from gadgets. In the Bakelite house of the future, the dishes may not break, but the heart can. Even a man with ten shower baths may find life flat, stale and unprofitable. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#64. I can't help feeling wary when I hear anything said about the masses. First you take their faces from 'em by calling 'em the masses and then you accuse 'em of not having any faces. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#65. The Canadian is often a baffled man because he feels different from his British kindred and his American neighbours, sharply refused to be lumped together with either of them, yet cannot make plain his difference. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#66. I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#67. If there was a little room somewhere in the British Museum that contained only about twenty exhibits and good lighting, easy chairs, and a notice imploring you to smoke, I believe I should become a museum man. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#68. I'm in the business of providing people with secondary satisfactions. It wouldn't have done me much good if they had all written their own plays, would it? - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#69. In a world shaped and colored more and more by politicians, the nations meet politically, and hardly any other way to settle their differences. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#70. The people who pretend that dying is rather like strolling into the next room always leave me unconvinced. Death, like birth, must be a tremendous event. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#71. In spite of recent jazzed-up one-day matches, cricket to be fully appreciated demands leisure, some sunny warm days and an understanding of its finer points. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#72. We plan, we toil, we suffer - in the hope of what? A camel-load of idol's eyes? The title deeds of Radio City? The empire of Asia? A trip to the moon? No, no, no, no. Simply to wake just in time to smell coffee and bacon and eggs. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#73. Childhood, catching our imagination when it is fresh and tender, never lets go of us. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#74. Accidents, try to change them - it's impossible. The accidental reveals man. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#75. No matter how piercing and appalling his insights, the desolation
creeping over his outer world, the lurid lights and shadows of his inner
world, the writer must live with hope, work in faith - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#76. To love to teach is one thing, to love those you teach is another. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#77. As we read the school reports on our children, we realize a sense of relief that can rise to delight that thank Heaven nobody is reporting in this fashion on us. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#78. The world we know at present is in no fit state to take over the dreariest little meteor ... If we have the courage and patience, the energy and skill, to take us voyaging to other planets, then let us use some of these to tidy up and civilize this earth. One world at a time, please. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#79. To say that these men paid their shillings to watch twenty-two hirelings kick a ball is merely to say that a violin is wood and catgut, that Hamlet is so much paper and ink. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#80. Be yourself is about the worst advice you can give to some people. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#81. But these girls aren't cheap labour - they're people. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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#82. The greater part of critics are parasites, who, if nothing had been written, would find nothing to write. - Author: J.B. Priestley
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