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Norman Douglas Quotes


A British writer, now best known for his 1917 novel South Wind.
(1868 - 1952)

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A man can believe in a considerable deal of rubbish, and yet go about his daily work in a rational and cheerful manner.
 

Distrust of authority should be the first civic duty.
[Distrust]
 

Education is a state-controlled manufactory of echoes.
[Education]
 

How hard it is, sometimes, to trust the evidence of one's senses! How reluctantly the mind consents to reality.
[Reality]
 

It seldom pays to be rude. It never pays to be only half-rude.
 

It takes a wise man to handle a lie. A fool had better remain honest.
 

Justice is too good for some people, and not good enough for the rest.
[Justice]
 

Many a man who thinks to found a home discovers that he has merely opened a tavern for his friends.
 

Never take a solemn oath. People think you mean it.
 

Shall I give you my recipe for happiness? I find everything useful and nothing indispensable. I find everything wonderful and nothing miraculous. I reverence the body. I avoid first causes like the plague.
 

The business of life is to enjoy oneself; everything else is a mockery.
[Goals]
 

The longer one lives, the more one realizes that nothing is a dish for every day.
 

The pine stays green in winter... wisdom in hardship.
 

The sublimity of wisdom is to do those things living, which are to be desired when dying.
 

There is in us a lyric germ or nucleus which deserves respect; it bids a man to ponder or create; and in this dim corner of himself he can take refuge and find consolations which the society of his fellow creatures does not provide.
 

They who are all things to their neighbors cease to be anything to themselves.
 

To find a friend one must close one eye. To keep him ... two.
[Friendship]
 

What is all wisdom save a collection of platitudes?
 

Why always, "not yet"? Do flowers in spring say, "not yet"?
 

You can construct the character of a man and his age not only from what he does and says, but from what he fails to say and do.
 


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