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Arnold Bennett Quotes

An English novelist.
(1867 - 1931)

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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.

A first-rate organizer is never in a hurry. He is never late. He always keeps up his sleeve a margin for the unexpected.

A man of sixty has spent twenty years in bed and over three years in eating.

A sense of the value of time ... is an essential preliminary to efficient work; it is the only method of avoiding hurry.
[One Day]

Always behave as if nothing had happened, no matter what has happened.

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

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

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.

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.

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

If you've ever really been poor, you remain poor at heart all your life.

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

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

Journalists say a thing that they know isn't true, in the hope that if they keep on saying it long enough it will be true.

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.

No matter what has happened, always behave as if nothing had happened.

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.

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

The gain in self-confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labour is immense.
[Self Confidence]

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