Quotes by William Ralph Inge

A man may build himself a throne of bayonets, but he can't sit on it.
– William Ralph Inge
A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbours.
– William Ralph Inge
Consciousness is a phase of mental life which arises in connection with the formation of new habits. When habit is formed, consciousness only interferes to spoil our performance.
– William Ralph Inge
Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter.
– William Ralph Inge
Every institution not only carries within it the seeds of its own dissolution, but prepares the way for its most hated rival.
– William Ralph Inge
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
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.
– William Ralph Inge
In dealing with Englishmen you can be sure of one thing only, that the logical solution will not be adopted.
– William Ralph Inge
It is astonishing with how little wisdom mankind can be governed, when that little wisdom is its own.
– William Ralph Inge
Let us remember, when we are inclined to be disheartened, that the private soldier is a poor judge of the fortunes of a great battle.
– William Ralph Inge
Many people believe that they are attracted by God, or by Nature, when they are only repelled by man.
– William Ralph Inge
No Christian can be a pessimist, for Christianity is a system of radical optimism.
– William Ralph Inge
Nobody is bored when he is trying to make something that is beautiful or to discover something that is true.
– William Ralph Inge
Originality is undetected plagiarism.
– William Ralph Inge
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
Public opinion, a vulgar, impertinent, anonymous tyrant who deliberately makes life unpleasant for anyone who is not content to the average person.
– William Ralph Inge
The aim of education is the knowledge not of facts but of values.
– William Ralph Inge
The enemies of freedom do not argue; they shout and they shoot.
– William Ralph Inge
The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular cause for being happy except that they are so.
– William Ralph Inge
Theater is, of course, a reflection of life. Maybe we have to improve life before we can hope to improve theater.
– William Ralph Inge