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Arthur Christopher Benson Quotes


A British essayist, poet and author.
(1862 - 1925)

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A well begun is half ended.
 

All the best stories are but one story in reality - the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape.
 

Ambition often puts Men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping.
[Ambition]
 

As I make my slow pilgrimage through the world, a certain sense of beautiful mystery seems to gather and grow.
 

Congenial labor is the secret of happiness.
[Happiness]
 

I am sure it is one's duty as a teacher to try to show boys that no opinions, no tastes, no emotions are worth much unless they are one's own. I suffered acutely as a boy from the lack of being shown this.
 

I have known some quite good people who were unhappy, but never an interested person who was unhappy.
[Happiness]
 

I never enter a new company without the hope that I may discover a friend, perhaps the friend, sitting there with an expectant smile. That hope survives a thousand disappointments.
[Friendship]
 

I read the newspaper avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction.
 

It is often wonderful how putting down on paper a clear statement of a case helps one to see, not perhaps the way out, but the way in.
[Courage]
 

It seems sometimes as if one were powerless to do any more from within to overcome troubles, and that help must come from without.
[Helping Other People]
 

Knowing what you can not do is more important than knowing what you can do. In fact, that's good taste.
 

Land of hope and glory, Mother of the Free How shall we extol thee,who are borne of thee? Wider still and wider shall thy bounds be set; God who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet.
 

Man, an animal that makes bargains.
 

One's mind has a way of making itself up in the background, and it suddenly becomes clear what one means to do.
[Business]
 

People seldom refuse help, if one offers it in the right way.
 

Readjusting is a painful process, but most of us need it at one time or another.
[Change]
 

The moment that any life, however good, stifles you, you may be sure it isn't your real life.
 

The worst sorrows in life are not in its losses and misfortunes, but its fears.
[Fear]
 

There remain times when one can only endure. One lives on, one doesn't die, and the only thing that one can do is to fill one's mind and time as far as possible with the concerns of other people. It doesn't bring immediate peace, but it brings the dawn nearer.
[Helping Other People]
 


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