William Ralph Inge Quotes (19 quotations)

1. A nation is a society united by delusions about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbors. - William Ralph Inge

2. 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

3. Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter. - William Ralph Inge

4. 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

5. It is astonishing with how little wisdom mankind can be governed, when that little wisdom is its own. - William Ralph Inge

6. 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

7. No Christian can be a pessimist, for Christianity is a system of radical optimism. - William Ralph Inge

8. Nobody is bored when he is trying to make something that is beautiful or to discover something that is true. - William Ralph Inge

9. 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

10. The aim of education is the knowledge not of facts but of values. - William Ralph Inge

11. The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular cause for being happy except that they are so. - William Ralph Inge

12. The wise man is he who knows the relative value of things. - William Ralph Inge

13. Theater is, of course, a reflection of life. Maybe we have to improve life before we can hope to improve theater. - William Ralph Inge

14. There is no law of progress. Our future is in our own hands, to make or to mar. It will be an uphill fight to the end, and would we have it otherwise? Let no one suppose that evolution will ever exempt us from struggles. 'You forget,' said the Devil, with a chuckle, 'that I have been evolving too.' - William Ralph Inge

15. To become a popular religion, it is only necessary for a superstition to enslave a philosohpy. - William Ralph Inge

16. True faith is belief in the reality of absolute values. - William Ralph Inge

17. 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. - William Ralph Inge

18. We tolerate shapes in human beings that would horrify us if we saw them in a horse. - William Ralph Inge

19. Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due. - William Ralph Inge

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