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

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.

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?

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 pretends it's God and hate that.

One forgets words as one forgets names. One's vocabulary needs constant fertilizing or it will die.

She was daily surprised by the things he knew and the things he did not know; both, at the time, added to his attraction.

The Beast stands for strong mutually antagonistic governments everywhere, he said. Self-sufficiency at home, self-assertion abroad.

There is a species of person called a 'Modern Churchman' who draws the full salary of a beneficed clergyman and need not commit himself to any religious belief.

Was anyone hurt? No one I am thankful to say, said Mrs. Beaver, except two housemaids who lost their heads and jumped through a glass roof into the paved court.

No one is ever holy without suffering.

Other nations use "force"; we Britons alone use "Might.

So the two of them went to London by the early morning train. 'Let's surprise her,' said Nigel, but Cedric telephoned first, wryly remembering the story of the pedantic adulterer - 'My dear, it is I who am surprised; you are astounded.'

The best I can tell you in that way is that IÂ’m much more at ease with fellow-Catholics than I am with heathens or Protestants. One has so many basic assumptions in common that thereÂ’s so much that doesnÂ’t need saying, and when youÂ’re talking to even the most amusing and intelligent heathen you suddenly find that something youÂ’ve said has no meaning at all to them.

There is no ordinary run of mankind, there are only individuals who are totally different. And whether a man is naked and black and stands on one foot in Sudan or is clothed in some kind of costume in a bus in England, they are still individuals of entirely different characters.

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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