Robert Lynd Quotes

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It is in games that many men discover their paradise.
It may be that all games are silly. But then, so are humans.
— Robert Lynd

sports

It may be said that every man of genius is considerably helped by being dead.

genius

It is almost impossible to remember how tragic a place the world is when one is playing golf.

golf

If you look in a dictionary of quotations you will find few reasons for a sensible man to desire to become wealthy.
— Robert Lynd
The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions.

war

Most of us can remember a time when a birthday—especially if it was one's own—brightened the world as if a second sun had risen.

birthday

No doubt there are other important things in life besides conflict, but there are not many other things so inevitably interesting.

conflict

History may be read as the story of the magnificent rearguard action fought during several thousand years by dogma against curiosity.

history

There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before.

nature environment

We are all grateful for perfection when we recognize it, even if it is only in a game.  And it is in games that many men discover their paradise.

perfection

The great pleasure of ignorance is, after all, the pleasure of asking questions.  The man who has lost this pleasure or exchanged it for the pleasure of dogma, which is the pleasure of answering, is already beginning to stiffen.

asking questions ignorance asking

I am melancholy when I see, or even hear of, other people behaving badly.  I often long to direct them with good advice, and refrain only because I know that friendship itself will not stand the strain of very much good advice for very long.

advice