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  • To become a popular religion, it is only necessary for a superstition to enslave a philosophy.
    (William Ralph Inge)

  • Nobody is bored when he is trying to make something that is beautiful or to discover something that is true.
    (William Ralph Inge)

  • The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular cause for being happy except that they are so.
    (William Ralph Inge)

  • No Christian can be a pessimist, for Christianity is a system of radical optimism.
    (William Ralph Inge)

  • The enemies of freedom do not argue; they shout and they shoot.
    (William Ralph Inge)


  • Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter.
    (William Ralph Inge)

  • There are no rewards or punishments - only consequences.
    (William Ralph Inge)

  • Many people believe that they are attracted by God, or by Nature, when they are only repelled by man.
    (William Ralph Inge)

  • Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.
    (William Ralph Inge)

  • A man may build himself a throne of bayonets, but he can't sit on it.
    (William Ralph Inge)

  • I have never understood why it should be considered derogatory to the Creator to suppose that he has a sense of humour.
    (William Ralph Inge)

  • Public opinion, a vulgar, impertinent, anonymous tyrant who deliberately makes life unpleasant for anyone who is not content to the average person.
    (William Ralph Inge)

  • The aim of education is the knowledge not of facts but of values.
    (William Ralph Inge)

  • Literature flourishes best when it is half a trade and half an art.
    (William Ralph Inge)

  • It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.
    (William Ralph Inge)


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