Norman Douglas, aka George Norman Douglas

Norman
Douglas, aka George Norman Douglas
1868
1952

British Essayist and Novelist known for "South Wind" novel

Author Quotes

Justice is too good for some people and not good enough for the rest.

They who are all things to their neighbors cease to be anything to themselves.

Many a man who thinks to found a home discovers that he has merely opened a tavern for his friends.

What is all wisdom save a collection of platitudes?

Mothers at present can bring children into the world, but this performance is apt to mark the end of their capacities. They can't even attend to the elementary animal requirements of their offspring. It is quite surprising how many children survive in spite of their mothers.

Why always "not yet"? Do flowers in spring say "not yet"?

Never take a solemn oath. People think you mean it.

No great man is ever born too soon or too late.

No one can expect a majority to be stirred by motives other than ignoble.

Nobody can misunderstand a boy like his own mother. Mothers at present can bring children into the world, but this performance is apt to mark the end of their capacities. They can't even attend to the elementary animal requirements of their offspring. It is quite surprising how many children survive in spite of their mothers.

A man who has reformed himself has contributed his full share towards the reformation of his neighbor.

Nothing ages a man like living always with the same woman.

Bouillabaisse is only good because cooked by the French, who, if they cared to try, could produce an excellent and nutritious substitute out of cigar stumps and empty matchboxes.

One can always trust to time. Insert a wedge of time and nearly everything straightens itself out.

Distrust of authority should be the first civic duty.

People who have reformed themselves has contributed their full share towards the reformation of their neighbor.

Every man is a solitary in his grief.

Shall I give you my recipe for happiness? I find everything useful and nothing indispensable. I find everything wonderful and nothing miraculous. I reverence the body. I avoid first causes like the plague.

How reluctantly the mind consents to reality!

The business of life is to enjoy oneself; everything else is a mockery.

I can find no room in my cosmos for a deity save as a waste product of human weakness, the excrement of the imagination.

The longer one lives, the more one realizes that nothing is a dish for every day.

If you want to see what children can do, you must stop giving them things.

The sublimity of wisdom is to do those things living, which are to be desired when dying.

It seldom pays to be rude. It never pays to be only half-rude.

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First Name
Norman
Last Name
Douglas, aka George Norman Douglas
Birth Date
1868
Death Date
1952
Bio

British Essayist and Novelist known for "South Wind" novel