J. B. Priestley Quotes

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The spirit of irony ... the whiskey of the mind.

irony

Comedy, we may say, is society protecting itself—with a smile.

Comedy

The more we elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.

communication

A good holiday is one spent among people whose notions of time are vaguer than yours.
— J. B. Priestley

time

Much of writing might be described as mental pregnancy with successive difficult deliveries.

writing

Sooner or later some of us will have to buy an instrument that can switch on silence instead of sound.
— J. B. Priestley
To show a child what once delighted you, to find the child's delight added to your own—this is happiness.
— J. B. Priestley

children happiness parenting

Our trouble is that we drink too much tea.  I see in this the slow revenge of the Orient, which has diverted the Yellow River down our throats.

tea

I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.
— J. B. Priestley

hope

As we read the school reports on our children, we realize a sense of relief that can rise to delight that thank Heaven nobody is reporting in this fashion on us.
— J. B. Priestley

school

As we read the school reports on our children, we realize a sense of relief that can rise to delight that — thank heaven — nobody is reporting in this fashion on us.
— J. B. Priestley

parents

We cannot get grace from gadgets.  The dishes in the bakelite houses of the future may not break, but the heart can.  A man may be as unhappy in the spun glass trousers of tomorrow as he is today in worsted ones.

technology