Norman Douglas, aka George Norman Douglas

Douglas, aka George Norman Douglas

British Essayist and Novelist known for "South Wind" novel

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Bouillabaisse is only good because cooked by the French, who, if they cared to try, could produce an excellent and nutritious substitute out of cigar stumps and empty matchboxes.

One can always trust to time. Insert a wedge of time and nearly everything straightens itself out.

Distrust of authority should be the first civic duty.

People who have reformed themselves has contributed their full share towards the reformation of their neighbor.

Every man is a solitary in his grief.

Shall I give you my recipe for happiness? I find everything useful and nothing indispensable. I find everything wonderful and nothing miraculous. I reverence the body. I avoid first causes like the plague.

How reluctantly the mind consents to reality!

The business of life is to enjoy oneself; everything else is a mockery.

I can find no room in my cosmos for a deity save as a waste product of human weakness, the excrement of the imagination.

The longer one lives, the more one realizes that nothing is a dish for every day.

If you want to see what children can do, you must stop giving them things.

The sublimity of wisdom is to do those things living, which are to be desired when dying.

It seldom pays to be rude. It never pays to be only half-rude.

The true cook is the perfect blend, the only perfect blend, of artist and philosopher.

It takes a wise man to handle a lie, a fool had better remain honest.

There is in us a lyric germ or nucleus which deserves respect; it bids a man to ponder or create; and in this dim corner of himself, he can take refuge and find consolations which the society of his fellow creatures does not provide.

Justice is too good for some people and not good enough for the rest.

They who are all things to their neighbors cease to be anything to themselves.

Many a man who thinks to found a home discovers that he has merely opened a tavern for his friends.

What is all wisdom save a collection of platitudes?

Mothers at present can bring children into the world, but this performance is apt to mark the end of their capacities. They can't even attend to the elementary animal requirements of their offspring. It is quite surprising how many children survive in spite of their mothers.

Why always "not yet"? Do flowers in spring say "not yet"?

Never take a solemn oath. People think you mean it.

No great man is ever born too soon or too late.

No one can expect a majority to be stirred by motives other than ignoble.

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British Essayist and Novelist known for "South Wind" novel