A. C. Benson Quotes

  • Knowing what you can not do is more important than knowing what you can do. In fact, that's good taste.

  • Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.

  • I am sure it is one's duty as a teacher to try to show boys that no opinions, no tastes, no emotions are worth much unless they are one's own. I suffered acutely as a boy from the lack of being shown this.

  • People seldom refuse help, if one offers it in the right way.

  • One's mind has a way of making itself up in the background, and it suddenly becomes clear what one means to do.

  • All the best stories are but one story in reality - the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape.

  • A well begun is half ended.

  • The worst sorrows in life are not in its losses and misfortunes, but its fears.

  • As I make my slow pilgrimage through the world, a certain sense of beautiful mystery seems to gather and grow.

  • Man, an animal that makes bargains.

  • When you get to my age life seems little more than one long march to and from the lavatory.

  • Ambition often puts Men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping.

  • I read the newspaper avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction.