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- Does there, I wonder, exist a being who has read all, or approximately all, that the person of average culture is supposed to have read, and that not to have read is a social sin? If such a being does exist, surely he is an old, a very old man.
- The Journals of Arnold Bennett, ed. Newman Flower (pub. Cassell, 1932)
- The price of justice is eternal publicity.
- Things That Have Interested Me, 2nd series (1923), "Secret Trials"
The Title (1918)
- A cause may be inconvenient, but it's magnificent. It's like champagne or high heels, and one must be prepared to suffer for it.
- Act I
- Being a husband is a whole-time job. That is why so many husbands fail. They can't give their entire attention to it.
- Act I
- Journalists say a thing that they know isn't true, in the hope that if they keep on saying it long enough it will be true.
- Act II
How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day (1910)
- Yes books are valuable. But no reading of books will take the place of a daily, candid, honest examination of what one has recently done, and what one is about to do - of a steady looking at one's self in the face (disconcerting though the sight may be).
- having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self-confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labour is immense.
- Page 75
- The real tragedy is the tragedy of the man who never in his life braces himself for his one supreme effort-he never stretches to his full capacity, never stands up to his full stature.