Zitat des Tages von William Inge:
In praising science, it does not follow that we must adopt the very poor philosophies which scientific men have constructed. In philosophy they have much more to learn than to teach.
We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.
In dealing with Englishmen you can be sure of one thing only, that the logical solution will not be adopted.
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.
It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.
What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.
The soul is dyed with the color of its leisure thoughts.
I have no fear that the candle lighted in Palestine years ago will ever be put out.
Public opinion, a vulgar, impertinent, anonymous tyrant who deliberately makes life unpleasant for anyone who is not content to be the average person.
The wisdom of the wise is an uncommon degree of common sense.
The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular cause for being happy except that they are so.
I have never understood why it should be considered derogatory to the Creator to suppose that he has a sense of humour.
Bereavement is the sharpest challenge to our trust in God; if faith can overcome this, there is no mountain which it cannot remove.
If the universe is running down like a clock, the clock must have been wound up at a date which we could name if we knew it. The world, if it is to have an end in time, must have had a beginning in time.
To become a popular religion, it is only necessary for a superstition to enslave a philosophy.
A cat can be trusted to purr when she is pleased, which is more than can be said for human beings.
To marry is to get a binocular view of life.
Bereavement is the deepest initiation into the mysteries of human life, an initiation more searching and profound than even happy love.
Man, as we know him, is a poor creature; he is halfway between an ape and a god and he is travelling in the right direction.
Nobody is bored when he is trying to make something that is beautiful, or to discover something that is true.
Democracy is only an experiment in government, and it has the obvious disadvantage of merely counting votes instead of weighing them.
A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbours.
Originality is undetected plagiarism.
True faith is belief in the reality of absolute values.
Faith always contains an element of risk, of venture; and we are impelled to make the venture by the affinity and attraction which we feel in ourselves.
It takes in reality only one to make a quarrel. It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.
Theater is, of course, a reflection of life. Maybe we have to improve life before we can hope to improve theater.
Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.
Action is the normal completion of the act of will which begins as prayer. That action is not always external, but it is always some kind of effective energy.
Literature flourishes best when it is half a trade and half an art.
A good government remains the greatest of human blessings and no nation has ever enjoyed it.
Let none of us delude himself by supposing that honesty is always the best policy. It is not.
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.
The proper time to influence the character of a child is about a hundred years before he is born.
Every institution not only carries within it the seeds of its own dissolution, but prepares the way for its most hated rival.
The enemies of freedom do not argue; they shout and they shoot.