One forgets words as one forgets names. One's vocabulary needs constant fertilizing or it will die.
Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.
Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
When we argue for our limitations, we get to keep them.
Art is the symbol of the two noblest human efforts: to construct and to refrain from destruction.
Perhaps host and guest is really the happiest relation for father and son.
He was gifted with the sly, sharp instinct for self-preservation that passes for wisdom among the rich.
It is a curious thing... that every creed promises a paradise which will be absolutely uninhabitable for anyone of civilized taste.
Instead of this absurd division into sexes they ought to class people as static and dynamic.
News is what a chap who doesn't care much about anything wants to read. And it's only news until he's read it. After that it's dead.
We cherish our friends not for their ability to amuse us, but for ours to amuse them.
Professional reviewers read so many bad books in the course of duty that they get an unhealthy craving for arresting phrases.
I think to be oversensitive about cliches is like being oversensitive about table manners.
The truth is that Oxford is simply a very beautiful city in which it is convenient to segregate a certain number of the young of the nation while they are growing up.
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.
Manners are especially the need of the plain. The pretty can get away with anything.
We schoolmasters must temper discretion with deceit.
There are no poetic ideas; only poetic utterances.
You never find an Englishman among the under-dogs except in England, of course.
In the dying world I come from, quotation is a national vice.
I put the words down and push them a bit.
Not everyone grows to be old, but everyone has been younger than he is now.
We class schools into four grades: leading school, first-rate school, good school and school.
Your actions, and your action alone, determines your worth.