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Top 300 Evelyn Waugh Quotes (2024 Update)

Evelyn Waugh Quote: “Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “If a thing’s worth doing at all, it’s worth doing well.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “To understand all is to forgive all.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “Where can we hide in fair weather, we orphans of the storm?”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “One forgets words as one forgets names. One’s vocabulary needs constant fertilizing or it will die.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “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.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “When we argue for our limitations, we get to keep them.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “If it could only be like this always – always summer, always alone, the fruit always ripe and Aloysius in a good temper...”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “O God, make me good, but not yet.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “Port is not for the very young, the vain and the active. It is the comfort of age and the companion of the scholar and the philosopher.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “Your actions, and your action alone, determines your worth.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “I haven’t been to sleep for over a year. That’s why I go to bed early. One needs more rest if one doesn’t sleep.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “We cherish our friends not for their ability to amuse us, but for ours to amuse them.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “These memories, which are my life – for we possess nothing certainly except the past – were always with me.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “Here at the age of thirty-nine I began to be old. I felt stiff and weary in the evenings and reluctant to go out of camp; I developed proprietary claims to certain chairs and newspapers; I regularly drank three glasses of gin before dinner, never more or less, and went to bed immediately after the nine o’clock news. I was always awake and fretful an hour before reveille. Here my last love died.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “After all, damn it, what does being in love mean if you can’t trust a person.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “Too late, old boy, too late. The saddest words in the English language.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “His heart; some long word at the heart. He is dying of a long word.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “It doesn’t matter what people call you unless they call you pigeon pie and eat you up.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “Manners are especially the need of the plain. The pretty can get away with anything.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “Only when one has lost all curiosity about the future has one reached the age to write an autobiography.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “I should like to bury something precious in every place where I’ve been happy and then, when I’m old and ugly and miserable, I could come back and dig it up and remember.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “I regard writing not as an investigation of character but as an exercise in the use of language, and with this I am obsessed.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “There is something incomparably thrilling in first opening a brand new book.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “Quomondo sedet sola civitas. Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “Beer commercials are so patriotic: Made the American Way. What does that have to do with America? Is that what America stands for? Feeling sluggish and urinating frequently?”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “A work of art is not a matter of thinking beautiful thoughts or experiencing tender emotions, but of intelligence, skill, taste, proportion, knowledge, discipline and industry; especially discipline.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “The worse I am, the more I need God. I can’t shut myself out from His mercy. That is what it would mean; starting a life with you, without Him. Julia to Charles.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “I felt that I was leaving part of myself behind, and that wherever I went afterwards I should feel the lack of it, and search for it hopelessly, as ghosts are said to do, frequenting the spots where they buried material treasures without which they cannot pay their way to the nether world.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “I don’t believe that people would ever fall in love or want to be married if they hadn’t been told about it. It’s like abroad: no one would want to go there if they hadn’t been told it existed.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “Of children as of procreation – the pleasure momentary, the posture ridiculous, the expense damnable.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “We possess nothing certainly except the past.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “I had been there before; I knew all about it.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “There is an Easter sense in which all things are made new in the risen Christ. A tiny gleam of this is reflected in all true art.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “I did not know it was possible to be so miserable and live but I am told that this is a common experience.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “I know very few young people, but it seems to me that they are all possessed with an almost fatal hunger for permanence.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “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.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “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.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “That’s your little mob in there,’ said Grimes; ‘you let them out at eleven.’ ‘But what am I to teach them?’ said Paul in sudden panic. ‘Oh, I shouldn’t try to teach them anything, not just yet, anyway. Just keep them quiet.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “Words should be an intense pleasure just as leather should be to a shoemaker.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “I have been in the scholastic profession long enough to know that nobody enters it unless he has some very good reason that he is anxious to conceal.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “His courtesy was somewhat extravagant. He would write and thank people who wrote to thank him for wedding presents and when he encountered anyone as punctilious as himself the correspondence ended only with death.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “Pray always for all the learned, the oblique, the delicate. Let them not be quite forgotten at the throne of God when the simple come into their kingdom.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “I prefer all but the very worst travel books, to all but the very best novels.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “So through a world of piety I made my way to Sebastian.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “Suffering is none the less acute and much more lasting when it is put into words.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “It may happen in the next hundred years that the English novelists of the present day will come to be valued as we now value the artists and craftsmen of the late eighteenth century.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “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.”
Evelyn Waugh Quote: “Prayer and love are learned in the hour when prayer has become impossible and your heart has turned to stone.”
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