Quotes by: J. B. Priestley

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J. B. Priestley
J. B. Priestley
Born (1894-09-13)13 September 1894
Manningham, Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died 14 August 1984(1984-08-14) (aged 89)
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
Occupation Writer
Nationality British
Period 20th century
Genre crime
Website
www.jbpriestley.co.uk

Public opinion polls are rather like children in a garden, digging things up all the time to see how they're growing.
J. B. Priestley
Living in an age of advertisement, we are perpetually disillusioned. The perfect life is spread before us every day, but it changes and withers at a touch.
J. B. Priestley
She was a handsome woman of forty-five and would remain so for many years.
J. B. Priestley
Accidents, try to change them - it's impossible. The accidental reveals man.
J. B. Priestley
Perhaps it would be better not to be a writer, but if you must, then write.
J. B. Priestley
I know only two words of American slang, 'swell' and 'lousy'. I think 'swell' is lousy, but 'lousy' is swell.
J. B. Priestley
To show a child what once delighted you, to find the child's delight added to your own - this is happiness.
J. B. Priestley
The greatest writers of this age... are aware of the mystery of our existence.
J. B. Priestley
There are plenty of clever young writers. But there is too much genius, not enough talent.
J. B. Priestley
There was no respect for youth when I was young, and now that I am old, there is no respect for age, I missed it coming and going.
J. B. Priestley
Many a man is praised for his reserve and so-called shyness when he is simply too proud to risk making a fool of himself.
J. B. Priestley
If we openly declare what is wrong with us, what is our deepest need, then perhaps the death and despair will by degrees disappear.
J. B. Priestley
I never read the life of any important person without discovering that he knew more and could do more than I could ever hope to know or do in half a dozen lifetimes.
J. B. Priestley
The greater part of critics are parasites, who, if nothing had been written, would find nothing to write.
J. B. Priestley
Britain, which in the years immediately before this war was rapidly losing such democratic virtues as it possessed, is now being bombed and burned into democracy.
J. B. Priestley
Our trouble is that we drink too much tea. I see in this the slow revenge of the Orient, which has diverted the Yellow River down our throats.
J. B. Priestley
The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?
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