William Ralph Inge Quotes

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What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.
— William Ralph Inge

originality

Worry is interest paid on trouble before it falls due.

worry trouble

Anxiety is the interest paid on trouble before it is due.
— William Ralph Inge

anxiety

Civilization is a disease which is almost invariably fatal.

civilization

The enemies of Freedom do not argue; they shout and they shoot.

freedom

Experience is a good teacher, though her fees are terribly high.

experience

Literature flourishes best when it is half a trade and half an art.

literature

Like other idealisms, patriotism varies, from a noble devotion to a moral lunacy.

patriotism

The fruit of the tree of knowledge always drives man from some paradise or another.

knowledge

To become a popular religion, it is only necessary for a superstition to enslave a philosophy.

religion

The proper time to influence the character of a child is about a hundred years before he is born.

society character

A cat can be trusted to purr when she is pleased, which is more than can be said for human beings.

cats

A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by a common hatred of its neighbors.

country

The whole of nature, as has been said, is a conjugation of the verb to eat, in the active and the passive.

eating

I have never understood why it should be considered derogatory to the Creator to suppose that he has a sense of humour.
— William Ralph Inge

humor

It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism while the wolf remains of a different opinion.

government sheep Activism

It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.
— William Ralph Inge

arguments

Prayer gives a man the opportunity of getting to know a gentleman he hardly ever meets. I do not mean his maker, but himself.
— William Ralph Inge

religion

I think middle age is the best time, if we can escape the fatty degeneration of the conscience which often sets in at about fifty.

middle age

There are two kinds of fools: one says, "This is old, therefore it is good"; the other says, "This is new, therefore it is better."

foolishness

The command 'Be fruitful and multiply' was promulgated, according to our authorities, when the population of the world consisted of two people.
— William Ralph Inge

overpopulation

Philosophy means thinking things out for oneself.  Ultimately, there can be only one true philosophy, since reason is one and we all live in the same world.

philosophy

Prayer gives a man the opportunity... Prayer gives a man the opportunity of getting to know a gentleman he hardly ever meets. I do not mean his maker, but himself.
— William Ralph Inge
It takes in reality only one to make a quarrel. It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favour of vegetarianism while the wolf remains of a different opinion.
— William Ralph Inge

socialism

It takes in reality only one to make a quarrel.  It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.

quarrels

We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.

animals