632 Total Quotes

British Author Quotes

Science and technology multiply around us. To an increasing extent they dictate the languages in which we speak and think. Either we use those languages, or we remain mute.
G. Ballard
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George Orwell
We of the sinking middle class may sink without further struggles into the working class where we belong, and probably when we get there it will not be so dreadful as we feared, for, after all, we have nothing to lose.
George Orwell
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Virginia Woolf
The connection between dress and war is not far to seek; your finest clothes are those you wear as soldiers.
Virginia Woolf
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Virginia Woolf
As a woman, I have no country. As a woman my country is the world.
Virginia Woolf
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Virginia Woolf
I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don't have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.
Virginia Woolf
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George Orwell
To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization.
George Orwell
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George Orwell
We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.
George Orwell
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George Orwell
All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.
George Orwell
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Virginia Woolf
The older one grows, the more one likes indecency.
Virginia Woolf
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Everything is becoming science fiction. From the margins of an almost invisible literature has sprung the intact reality of the 20th century.
G. Ballard
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Virginia Woolf
There is much to support the view that it is clothes that wear us, and not we, them; we may make them take the mould of arm or breast, but they mould our hearts, our brains, our tongues to their liking.
Virginia Woolf
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Virginia Woolf
Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end.
Virginia Woolf
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Virginia Woolf
Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends.
Virginia Woolf
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Virginia Woolf
Someone has to die in order that the rest of us should value life more.
Virginia Woolf
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George Orwell
Probably the battle of Waterloo was won on the playing-fields of Eton, but the opening battles of all subsequent wars have been lost there.
George Orwell
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George Orwell
When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic.
George Orwell
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George Orwell
So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don't even know that fire is hot.
George Orwell
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We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion, just as effectively as by bombs.
Kenneth Clark
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The terrible thing about terrorism is that ultimately it destroys those who practice it. Slowly but surely, as they try to extinguish life in others, the light within them dies.
Terry Waite
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Neil Gaiman
You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we're doing it.
Neil Gaiman
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Martin Amis
Bullets cannot be recalled. They cannot be uninvented. But they can be taken out of the gun.
Martin Amis
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Without Hitler, the State of Israel probably would not exist today. To that extent he was probably the Jews' greatest friend.
David Irving
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George Orwell
We may find in the long run that tinned food is a deadlier weapon than the machine-gun.
George Orwell
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George Orwell
The Catholic and the Communist are alike in assuming that an opponent cannot be both honest and intelligent.
George Orwell
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The rich get richer. Not only because they have surpluses with which to invest, but because of the overriding emotional release they experience from having wealth.
Stuart Wilde
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T.S. Eliot
What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?
T.S. Eliot
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George Eliot
There is a sort of jealousy which needs very little fire; it is hardly a passion, but a blight bred in the cloudy, damp despondency of uneasy egoism.
George Eliot
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Neil Gaiman
Is the chemical aftertaste the reason why people eat hot dogs, or is it some kind of bonus?
Neil Gaiman
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Virginia Woolf
It's not catastrophes, murders, deaths, diseases, that age and kill us; it's the way people look and laugh, and run up the steps of omnibuses.
Virginia Woolf
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George Orwell
The atom bombs are piling up in the factories, the police are prowling through the cities, the lies are streaming from the loudspeakers, but the earth is still going round the sun.
George Orwell
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