One should not be too severe on English novels; they are the only relaxation of the intellectually unemployed.
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- The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.
- The English public, as a mass, takes no interest in a work of art until it is told that the work in question is immoral.
- One knows so well the popular idea of health. The English country gentleman galloping after a fox — the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.
- You should study the Peerage, Gerald. It is the one book a young man about town should know thoroughly, and it is the best thing in fiction the English have ever done.
- Modern pictures are, no doubt, delightful to look at. At least, some of them are. But they are quite impossible to live with; they are too clever, too assertive, too intellectual. Their meaning is too obvious, and their method too clearly defined. One
- To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual.