William Ralph Inge
The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular reason for being happy except that they are so.
Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter.
The wise man is he who knows the relative value of things.
It takes in reality only one to make a quarrel. It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favour of vegetarianism while the wolf remains of a different opinion.
A nation is a society united by delusions about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbors.
There is no law of progress. Our future is in our own hands, to make or to mar. It will be an uphill fight to the end, and would we have it otherwise? Let no one suppose that evolution will ever exempt us from struggles. 'You forget,' said the Devil, with a chuckle, 'that I have been evolving too.'
We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.