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Arnold Bennett Quotes

"It is well, when judging a friend, to remember that he is judging you with the same godlike and superior impartiality."

"Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts."

"Happiness includes chiefly the idea of satisfaction after full honest effort. No one can possibly be satisfied and no one can be happy who feels that in some paramount affairs he failed to take up the challenge of life."

"The moment you're born you're done for."

"Being a husband is a whole-time job. That is why so many husbands fail. They cannot give their entire attention to it."

"Well, my deliberate opinion is - it's a jolly strange world."

"There can be no knowledge without emotion. We may be aware of a truth, yet until we have felt its force, it is not ours. To the cognition of the brain must be added the experience of the soul."

"A cause may be inconvenient, but it's magnificent. It's like champagne or high heels, and one must be prepared to suffer for it."

"Pessimism, when you get used to it, is just as agreeable as optimism."

"Of all the inhabitants of the inferno, none but Lucifer knows that hell is hell, and the secret function of purgatory is to make of heaven an effective reality."

"It is easier to go down a hill than up, but the view is from the top."

"Does there, I wonder, exist a being who has read all, or approximately all, that the person of average culture is supposed to have read, and that not to have read is a social sin? If such a being does exist, surely he is an old, a very old man."

"Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission."

"Mother is far too clever to understand anything she does not like."

"Much ingenuity with a little money is vastly more profitable and amusing than much money without ingenuity."

"If egotism means a terrific interest in one's self, egotism is absolutely essential to efficient living."

"Essential characteristic of the really great novelist: a Christ-like, all-embracing compassion."

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