William Ralph Inge

William Ralph Inge
William Ralph Inge
  • Born: June 6, 1860
  • Died: February 26, 1954
  • Nationality: English
  • Profession: Clergyman

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A man may build himself a throne of bayonets, but he cannot sit on it. War & Peace
A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by a common hatred of its neighbors. States. Nations & Nationhood
Americans ... are ruled by the Boss and the Trust. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter. This is what makes the trade of historian so attractive. History
Great institutions can only be reformed by stealth or by revolution. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
If there is one safe generalization in human affairs, it is that revolutions always destroy themselves. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
It is becoming impossible for those who mix at all with their fellow men to believe that the grace of God is distributed denominationally. Religion & God
It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism while the wolf remains of a different opinion. Power
Like other ideals, patriotism varies from a noble devotion to a moral lunacy. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Public opinion, a vulgar, impertinent, anonymous tyrant who deliberately makes life unpleasant for anyone who is not content to be the average man. Public Opinion & Polling
The Church burned Bruno and imprisoned Galileo. The Church has lived by its monopolies and conquered by its intolerance. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The command "Be fruitful and multiply" was promulgated, according to our authorities, when the population of the world consisted of two people. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
The enemies of freedom do not argue; they shout and they shoot. Freedom & Liberty ;Oratory, Discussion & Debate
The Nation which formulated its determination to manage its own affairs, both sacred and secular, is no more likely to submit to an Italian priest than to a German Kaiser Discrimination & Prejudice
The nations which have put mankind and posterity in their debt have been small States—Israel, Athens, Florence, Elizabethan England. States. Nations & Nationhood
We shall have to fight the politician who remembers only that the unborn have no votes and that since posterity has done nothing for us we need do nothing for posterity. Miscellaneous
What is war but murder and theft committed by great numbers on great numbers? War & Peace
A man may build himself a throne of bayonets, but he can't sit on it.
A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbours. Society ;Citizenship & Patriotism
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. Life
Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter.
Every institution not only carries within it the seeds of its own dissolution, but prepares the way for its most hated rival.
I have never understood why it should be considered derogatory to the Creator to suppose that he has a sense of humour.
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. Time
In dealing with Englishmen you can be sure of one thing only, that the logical solution will not be adopted.
It is astonishing with how little wisdom mankind can be governed, when that little wisdom is its own.
It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.
Literature flourishes best when it is half a trade and half an art. Communication & Communications ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Many people believe that they are attracted by God, or by Nature, when they are only repelled by man. Nature ;Religion & God
No Christian can be a pessimist, for Christianity is a system of radical optimism.
Nobody is bored when he is trying to make something that is beautiful, or to discover something that is true.
Originality is undetected plagiarism.
Prayer gives a man the opportunity of getting to know a gentleman he hardly ever meets. I do not mean his maker, but himself.
Public opinion, a vulgar, impertinent, anonymous tyrant who deliberately makes life unpleasant for anyone who is not content to the average person. Life
The aim of education is the knowledge not of facts but of values. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular cause for being happy except that they are so.
Theater is, of course, a reflection of life. Maybe we have to improve life before we can hope to improve theater. Life ;Hope
There are no rewards or punishments - only consequences.
To become a popular religion, it is only necessary for a superstition to enslave a philosophy. Religion & God
True faith is belief in the reality of absolute values. Religion & God
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. Religion & God
Whoever marries the spirit of this age will find himself a widower in the next.
Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.

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