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A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn't feel like it.
— Alistair Cooke

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Hollywood grew to be the most flourishing factory of popular mythology since the Greeks.

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Every sport pretends to a literature, but people don't believe it of any other sport but their own.
— Alistair Cooke


Humiliations are the essence of the game.  They derive from the fact that the human anatomy is exquisitely designed to do practically anything but play golf.


All presidents start out to run a crusade but after a couple of years they find they are running something less heroic and much more intractable: namely the presidency.


These doomsday warriors look no more like soldiers than the soldiers of the Second World War looked like conquistadors. The more expert they become the more they look like lab assistants in small colleges.
— Alistair Cooke


Of all forms of exercise theoretically designed for recreation and relaxation none can be so unerringly guaranteed to produce nervous exhaustion and despair leading to severe mental illness and, in some cases, petulance.


The British, of all ages, still walk the course. On trips to Florida or the American desert, they still marvel, or shudder, at the fleets of electric carts going off in the morning like the first assault wave of the Battle of El Alamein.