Life - how curious is that habit that makes us think it is not here, but elsewhere.
Like many popular best-sellers, he was a very sad and solemn man who took himself too seriously and his art not seriously enough.
Well, youth is the period of assumed personalities and disguises. It is the time of the sincerely insincere.
Because of the influence of the cinema, most reports or stories of violence are so pictorial that they lack content or meaning. The camera brings them to our eyes, but does not settle them in our minds, nor in time.
In our family, as far as we are concerned, we were born and what happened before that is myth.
Wilson was not, in the academic sense, a scholar or historian. He was an enormous reader, one of those readers who are perpetually on the scent from book to book. He was the old-style man of letters, but galvanized and with the iron of purpose in him.
One recalls how much the creative impulse of the best-sellers depends upon self-pity. It is an emotion of great dramatic potential.
On one plane, the very great writers and the popular romancers of the lower order always meet. They use all of themselves, helplessly, unselectively. They are above the primness and good taste of declining to give themselves away.
Most comic writers like to think they could play it straight if only their public would let them. Waugh is able to be grave without difficulty for he has always been comic for serious reasons. He has his own, almost romantic sense of propriety.
The peculiar foreign superstition that the English do not like love, the evidence being that they do not talk about it.
The secret of happiness is to find a congenial monotony.
There is more magic in sin if it is not committed.
How extraordinary it is that one feels most guilt about the sins one is unable to commit.