William Inge Quotes About Government, Blessings, Trust

William Inge Quotes About Government, Blessings, Trust

William Inge

William Inge Quotes:

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

William Inge

A good government remains the greatest of human blessings and no nation has ever enjoyed it.

William Inge

A man may build himself a throne of bayonets, but he can’t sit on it.

William Inge

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

William Inge

Action is the normal completion of the act of will which begins as prayer. That action is not always external, but it is always some kind of effective energy.

William Inge

All faith consists essentially in the recognition of a world of spiritual values behind, yet not apart from, the world of natural phenomena.

William Inge

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Bereavement is the deepest initiation into the mysteries of human life, an initiation more searching and profound than even happy love.

William Inge
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Bereavement is the sharpest challenge to our trust in God; if faith can overcome this, there is no mountain which it cannot remove.

William 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 Inge

Democracy is only an experiment in government, and it has the obvious disadvantage of merely counting votes instead of weighing them.

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Don’t get up from the feast of life without paying for your share of it.

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Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter.

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Every institution not only carries within it the seeds of its own dissolution, but prepares the way for its most hated rival.

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Faith always contains an element of risk, of venture; and we are impelled to make the venture by the affinity and attraction which we feel in ourselves.

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Faith is an act of rational choice, which determines us to act as if certain things were true, and in the confident expectation that they will prove to be true.

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Gambling is a disease of barbarians superficially civilized.

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

William Inge

I have no fear that the candle lighted in Palestine years ago will ever be put out.

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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.

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If the universe is running down like a clock, the clock must have been wound up at a date which we could name if we knew it. The world, if it is to have an end in time, must have had a beginning in time.

William Inge

In dealing with Englishmen you can be sure of one thing only, that the logical solution will not be adopted.

William Inge

In praising science, it does not follow that we must adopt the very poor philosophies which scientific men have constructed. In philosophy they have much more to learn than to teach.

William Inge

It is astonishing with how little wisdom mankind can be governed, when that little wisdom is its own.

William Inge

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

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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.

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It was said that Mr. Gladstone could persuade most people of most things, and himself of anything.

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

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Love remembered and consecrated by grief belongs, more clearly than the happy intercourse of friends, to the eternal world; it has proved itself stronger than death.

William Inge

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Man, as we know him, is a poor creature; he is halfway between an ape and a god and he is travelling in the right direction.

William Inge

Many people believe that they are attracted by God, or by Nature, when they are only repelled by man.

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No Christian can be a pessimist, for Christianity is a system of radical optimism.

William Inge

Nobody is bored when he is trying to make something that is beautiful, or to discover something that is true.

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Originality is undetected plagiarism.

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

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Public opinion, a vulgar, impertinent, anonymous tyrant who deliberately makes life unpleasant for anyone who is not content to be the average person.

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The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values.

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

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

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The object of studying philosophy is to know one’s own mind, not other people’s.

William Inge

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

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The soul is dyed with the color of its leisure thoughts.

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The wisdom of the wise is an uncommon degree of common sense.

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The wise man is he who knows the relative value of things.

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Theater is, of course, a reflection of life. Maybe we have to improve life before we can hope to improve theater.

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There are no rewards or punishments – only consequences.

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

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True faith is belief in the reality of absolute values.

William Inge

We tolerate shapes in human beings that would horrify us if we saw them in a horse.

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What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.

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Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.

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Who is William Inge?

William Motter Inge was an American dramatist and novelist known for portraying isolated protagonists with troubled sexual relationships in his works. He had a succession of notable Broadway shows in the early 1950s, including Picnic, which won him a Pulitzer Prize.