07/26/1894 - 11/22/1963
English critic & novelist
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
Experience teaches only the teachable.
Maybe this world is another planet's hell.
Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.
Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.
I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of
changing is oneself.
An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex.
There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your
Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the
by-product of other activities.
The only completely consistent people are the dead.
That all men are equal is a proposition which, at ordinary times, no sane individual has ever
given his assent.
All that happens means something; nothing you do is ever insignificant.
Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardour [ardor] for their curiosity and
tolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.
Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going
The author of the Iliad is either Homer or, if not Homer, somebody else of the same name.
When truth is nothing but the truth, its unnatural, it's an abstraction that resembles nothing
in the real world. In nature there are always so many other irrelevant things mixed up with
the essential truth.