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'Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows.'.. John Betjeman

'We are not just here to manage capitalism but to change society and to define its finer values'.. Tony Benn

'Nowadays you can go anywhere in the world in a few hours, and nothing is fabulous any more'.. Roald Dahl

'We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.'.. John Dryden

'He would make a lovely corpse.'.. Charles Dickens

'There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.'.. Benjamin Disraeli

'When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.'.. John Ruskin

'Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally in dealing with men.'.. Joseph Conrad

'The courage we desire and prize is not the courage to die decently, but to live manfully'.. Thomas Carlyle

'Every great person is always being helped by everybody; for their gift is to get good out of all things and all persons.'.. John Ruskin

'I can take any amount of criticism as long as its unqualifed praise'.. Noel Coward

'Beaumaris is second to none'.. George Borrow

'Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved.'.. D H Lawrence

'Youth smiles without any reason. It is one of its chiefest charms.'.. Thomas Gray

'A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.'.. Jonathan Swift

'History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.'.. Winston Churchill

'It is justice, not charity, that is wanting in the world.'.. Mary Shelley

'Almost every man wastes part of his life attempting to display qualities which he does not possess'.. Samuel Johnson

'Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious; both are disappointed'.. Oscar Wilde

'The media. It sounds like a convention of spiritualists.'.. Sir Tom Stoppard

'History, a distillation of rumour.'.. Thomas Carlyle

'You may be as vicious about me as you please. You will only do me justice.'.. Richard Burton

'Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old.'.. Jonathan Swift

'Life could be wonderful if people would leave you alone.'.. Charlie Chaplin

'An alcoholic is someone you don't like who drinks as much as you do'.. Dylan Thomas

'The remedy is worse than the disease.'.. Sir Francis Bacon

'I am a lover of truth, a worshipper of freedom, a celebrant at the altar of language and purity and tolerance.'.. Stephen Fry

'I would much prefer to be a judge than a coal miner because of the absence of falling coal'.. Peter Cook

'Riches are a good hand maiden, but a poor mistress.'.. Sir Francis Bacon

'A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.'.. W H Auden

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