Quotes by Evelyn Waugh

  • Only when one has lost all curiosity about the future has one reached the age to write an auto-biography.


  • I have observed in women of her type a tendency to regard all athletics as inferior forms of foxhunting.


  • Anyone could write a novel given six weeks, pen, paper and no telephone or wife.

    Authors, Writers

  • To see him, (Stephen Spender) fumbling with our rich and delicate language is to experience all the horror of seeing a Sevres vase in the hands of a chimpanzee.


  • I will not stand for being called a woman in my own house.


  • I pray that the church is not struck by lightning.
    [to Tom Driberg on his wedding]


  • I am in consultation with my editors on the subject. We think it is a very promising little war. A microcosm, you might say, of world drama.


  • Like German opera –too long and too loud.
    [on the war in Crete 1941]


  • ‘I often think ‘he continued ‘that we can trace almost all the disasters in English history to the influence of the Welsh’.


  • I haven’t been able to sleep for over a year. That’s why I go to bed early. One needs more rest if one doesn’t sleep.


  • Manners are especially the need of the plan. The pretty can get away with anything.


  • Only ugly people need manners. The pretty can get away with anything.


  • They had loitered together on many a doorstep and forced an entry into any a stricken home.


  • Perhaps host and guest is really the happiest relationship for father and son.


  • Other nations use force; we Britons alone use might.


  • Of course I believe in the devil. How else would I account for the existence of Lord Beaverbrook?


  • Charm is the great English blight. It does not exist outside these damp islands.


  • Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.

    Boredom, Bores