Evelyn Waugh, fully Evelyn Arthur St. John Waugh

Evelyn
Waugh, fully Evelyn Arthur St. John Waugh
1903
1966

English Novelist, Biographer and Journalist

Author Quotes

You never find an Englishman among the under-dogs—except in England, of course.

You see my adjutant made rather a silly mistake. He hadn't had much truck with boots before and the silly fellow thought they were extra rations. My men ate the whole bag of tricks last night.

You spend the first term at Oxford meeting interesting and exciting people and the rest of your time there avoiding them.

Your colleague, Captain Grimes, has been convicted before me on evidence that leaves no possibility of his innocence - of a crime (I might almost call it a course of action) which I can neither understand nor excuse. I dare say I need not particularize.

When I reached C Company lines, which were at the top of the hill, I paused and looked back at the camp, just coming into full view below me through the grey mist of early morning.

Where can we hide in fair weather, we orphans of the storm?

Where do you lurk? I shall come down your burrow and ch-chivvy you out like an old st-t-toat.

While still a young man, John Courteney Boot had, as his publisher proclaimed, "achieved an assured and enviable position in contemporary letters."

Wine is a bride who brings a great dowry to the man who woos her persistently and gracefully.

Words should be an intense pleasure just as leather should be to a shoemaker

Yes, I was determined to have a happy Christmas' 'Did you?' 'I think so. I don't remember it much, and that's always a good sign, isn't it?

You can't ever tell what's going to hurt people.

You could appreciate the beauty of the world by trying to paint it.

You have no idea how much nastier I would be if I was not a Catholic. Without supernatural aid, I would hardly be a human being.

Mr. Wodehouse's idyllic world can never stale. He will continue to release future generations from captivity that may be more irksome than our own. He has made a world for us to live in and delight in.

O God, make me good, but not yet.

Professional reviewers read so many bad books in the course of duty that they get an unhealthy craving for arresting phrases.

That day was the beginning of my friendship with Sebastian, and thus it came about, that morning in June, that I was lying beside him in the shade of the high elms watching the smoke from his lips drift up into the branches.

The sound of the English country families baying for broken glass.

They are all negroes. And the Fascists wonÂ’t be called black because of their racial pride, so they are called White after the White Russians. And the Bolsheviks want to be called Black because of their racial pride. So when you say black you mean red, and when you mean red you say white and when the party who call themselves blacks say traitors they mean what we call blacks, but what we mean when we say traitors I really couldnÂ’t tell you. But from your point of view it will be quite simple. Lord Copper only wants patriot victories and both sides call themselves patriots, and of course both sides will claim all the victories. But, of course, itÂ’s really a war between Russia and Germany and Italy and Japan who are all against one another on the patriotic side. I hope I make myself plain?

Well, you see, she was saintly but she wasn't a saint. No one could really hate a saint, could they? They can't really hate God either. When they want to hate him and his saints they have to find something like themselves and pretend its God and hate that. I suppose you think that's all bosh.

Mrs. Ape's famous hymn, There ain't no flies on the Lamb of God.

Of children as of procreation - the pleasure momentary, the posture ridiculous, the expense damnable.

Punctuality is the virtue of the bored

That is not the last word; it is not even an apt word; it is a dead word from ten years back.

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First Name
Evelyn
Last Name
Waugh, fully Evelyn Arthur St. John Waugh
Birth Date
1903
Death Date
1966
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English Novelist, Biographer and Journalist