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William R. Inge Quotes

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"It is astonishing with how little wisdom mankind can be governed, when that little wisdom is its own."
Wisdom

"The aim of education is the knowledge not of facts but of values."

"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."

"I have never understood why it should be considered derogatory to the Creator to suppose that he has a sense of humour."

"The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular cause for being happy except that they are so."

"A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbours."
Patriotism

"Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due."

"Theater is, of course, a reflection of life. Maybe we have to improve life before we can hope to improve theater."

"No Christian can be a pessimist, for Christianity is a system of radical optimism."

"True faith is belief in the reality of absolute values."

"Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter."

"Nobody is bored when he is trying to make something that is beautiful or to discover something that is true."

"Prayer gives a man the opportunity of getting to know a gentleman he hardly ever meets. I do not mean his maker, but himself."

"Originality is undetected plagiarism."

"Many people believe that they are attracted by God, or by Nature, when they are only repelled by man."

"The enemies of freedom do not argue; they shout and they shoot."

"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."

"There are no rewards or punishments - only consequences."

"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."

"There are two kinds of fools: One says, "This is old therefore it is good." The other one says, "This is new therefore it is better.""

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