John Galsworthy quotes

  • Love has no age, no limit; and no death.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Love #Birthday #Age

  • I am still under the impression that there is nothing alive quite so beautiful as a thoroughbred horse.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Beautiful #Horse #Inspiration

  • If you do not think about the future, you cannot have one.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Future #Thinking

  • The bicycle... has been responsible for more movement in manners and morals than anything since Charles the Second. Under its influence, wholly or in part, have blossomed weekends, strong nerves, strong legs, strong language... equality of sex, good digestion and professional occupation - in four words, the emanicipation of women.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Strong #Sex #Weekend

  • Humanism is the creed of those who believe that in the circle of enwrapping mystery, men's fates are in their own hands - a faith that for modern man is becoming the only possible faith.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Believe #Fate #Men

  • Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them so many years of our own lives.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Dog #Animal #Years

  • the biggest tragedy of life is the utter impossibility to change what you have done
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Tragedy #Done #Life Is

  • Life calls the tune, we dance.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Fate #Tunes #Free Will

  • Love is not a hot-house flower, but a wild plant, born of a wet night, born of an hour of sunshine; sprung from wild seed, blown along the road by a wild wind. A wild plant that, when it blooms by chance within the hedge of our gardens, we call a flower; and when it blooms outside we call a weed; but, flower or weed, whose scent and colour are always, wild!
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Weed #Flower #Sunshine

  • There is one rule for politicians all over the world: Don't say in Power what you say in opposition; if you do, you only have to carry out what the other fellows have found impossible.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #World #Politics #Impossible

  • I think the greatest thing in the world is to believe in people.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Believe #Thinking #People

  • Beginnings are always messy.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Messy

  • The beginnings and endings of all human undertakings are untidy.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #New Beginnings #Humans #Beginnings And Endings

  • Idealism increases in direct proportion to one's distance from the problem.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Inspirational #Distance #Problem

  • He was afflicted by the thought that where Beauty was, nothing ever ran quite straight, which no doubt, was why so many people looked on it as immoral.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Beauty #People #Doubt

  • Religion was nearly dead because there was no longer real belief in future life; but something was struggling to take its place - service - social service - the ants creed, the bees creed.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Real #Struggle #Atheism

  • When Man evolved Pity, he did a queer thing - deprived himself of the power of living life as it is without wishing it to become something different.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Live Life #Men #Wish

  • One's eyes are what one is, one's mouth is what one becomes.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Eye #Mouths

  • Only love makes fruitful the soul. The sense of form that both had in such high degree prevented much demonstration; but to be with him, do things for him, to admire, and credit him with perfection; and, since she could not exactly wear the same clothes or speak in the same clipped, quiet, decisive voice, to dislike the clothes and voices of other men - all this was precious to her beyond everything.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Life #Men #Voice

  • Dawn has power to fertilise the most matter-of-fact vision.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Vision #Dawn #Matter

  • Love of beauty is really only the sex instinct, which nothing but complete union satisfies.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Sex #Unions #Instinct

  • Only out of stir and change is born new salvation. To deny that is to deny belief in man, to turn our backs on courage!
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Men #Belief #Salvation

  • Summer — summer — summer! The soundless footsteps on the grass!
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Summer #Grass #Footsteps

  • There are moments when Nature reveals the passion hidden beneath the careless calm of her ordinary moods-violent spring flashing white on almond-blossom through the purple clouds; a snowy, moonlit peak, with its single star, soaring up to the passionate blue; or against the flames of sunset, an old yew-tree standing dark guardian of some fiery secret.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Stars #Spring #Passion

  • Early morning does not mince words.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Morning #Doe #Early Morning

  • Society is built on marriage ... marriage and its consequences.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Marriage #Consequence

  • It is an age of stir and change, a season of new wine and old bottles. Yet, assuredly, in spite of breakages and waste, a wine worth the drinking is all the time being made.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Change #Drinking #Wine

  • Love could never come to full fruition till it was destroyed.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Love #Fruition

  • When a Forsyte was engaged, married, or born, the Forsytes were present; when a Forsyte diedbut no Forsyte had as yet died; they did not die; death being contrary to their principles, they took precautions against it, the instinctive precautions of highly vitalised persons who resent encroachments on their property.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Principles #Married #Born

  • Slang is vigorous and apt. Probably most of our vital words were once slang.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Slang

  • Honesty of thought and speech and written word is a jewel, and they who curb prejudice and seek honorably to know and speak the truth are the only builders of a better life.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Honesty #Jewels #Prejudice

  • Take modern courtships! They resulted in the same thing as under George the Second, but took longer to reach it, owing to the motor-cycle and the standing lunch.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Lunch #Owing #Modern

  • See what perils do environ those who meddle with hot iron.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Iron #Hot #Danger

  • The talked-about is always the last to hear the talk . . .
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Gossip #Lasts

  • The young man who, at the end of September, 1924, dismounted from a taxicab in South Square, Westminster, was so unobtrusively American that his driver had some hesitation in asking for double his fare. The young man had no hesitation in refusing it.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Book #Men #Squares

  • Looking back on the long-stretched-out body of one's work, it is interesting to mark the endless duel fought within a man between the emotional and critical sides of his nature, first one, then the other, getting the upper hand, and too seldom fusing till the result has the mellowness of full achievement. One can even tell the nature of one's readers, by their preference for the work which reveals more of this side than of that.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Men #Emotional #Hands

  • Public opinion's always in advance of the law.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Law #Public Opinion #Opinion

  • The Forsytes were resentful of something, not individually, but as a family; this resentment expressed itself in an added perfection of raiment, an exuberance of family cordiality, an exaggeration of family importance, and the sniff. Danger so indispensable in bringing out the fundamental quality of any society, group, or individual was what the Forsytes scented; the premonition of danger put a burnish on their armour. For the first time, as a family, they appeared to have an instinct of being in contact, with some strange and unsafe thing.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Perfection #Quality #Groups

  • Wealth is a means to an end, not the end itself. As a synonym for health and happiness, it has had a fair trial and failed dismally.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Mean #Trials #Wealth

  • The beginnings and endings of all human undertakings are untidy, the building of a house, the writing of a novel, the demolition of a bridge, and, eminently, the finish of a voyage.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Writing #Bridges #House

  • The value of a sentiment is the amount of sacrifice you are prepared to make for it.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Sacrifice #Sentiments #Prepared

  • Memory heaps dead leaves on corpse-like deeds, from under which they do but vaguely offend the sense.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Memories #Deeds

  • It`s always worth while before you do anything to consider whether it`s going to hurt another person more than is absolutely necessary.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Hurt #Persons

  • We are not living in a private world of our own. Everything we say and do and think has its effect on everything around us.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Thinking #World

  • It isn't enough to love people because they're good to you, or because in some way or other you're going to get something by it. We have to love because we love loving.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Life #Love Is #People

  • It isnot good enough tospend time and ink indescribing the penultimate sensations and physical movements of people getting into a state of rut, we all know them so well.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Time #People #Not Good Enough

  • Dreaming is the poetry of Life, and we must be forgiven if we indulge in it a little.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Dream #Littles #Forgiven

  • It was such a spring day as breathes into a man an ineffable yearning, a painful sweetness, a longing that makes him stand motionless, looking at the leaves or grass, and fling out his arms to embrace he knows not what.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Spring #Men #May

  • He might wish and wish and never get it - the beauty and the loving in the world!
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Wish #World #Might

  • Men are in fact, quite unable to control their own inventions; they at best develop adaptability to the new conditions those inventions create.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Men #Facts #Invention

  • Love! Beyond meaure - beyond death - it nearly kills. But one wouldn't have been without it.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Life

  • Light-heartedness always made Soames suspicious - there was generally some reason for it.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Light #Reason #Made

  • Headlines twice the size of the events.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Events #Size #Headlines

  • It's not life that counts but the fortitude you bring into it.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Life #Fortitude

  • A man is the sum of his actions, of what he has done, of what he can do, Nothing else.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Motivational #Men #Done

  • How to save the old that's worth saving, whether in landscape, houses, manners, institutions, or human types, is one of our greatest problems, and the one that we bother least about.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #House #Saving #Landscape

  • Once admit that we have the right to inflict unnecessary suffering and you destroy the very basis of human society.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Animal #Suffering #Unnecessary

  • Only love makes fruitful the soul.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Love #Soul

  • There are houses whose souls have passed into the limbo of Time, leaving their bodies in the limbo of London. Such was not quite the condition of Timothy's on the Bayswater Road, for Timothy's soul still had one foot in Timothy Forsyte's body, and Smither kept the atmosphere unchanging, of camphor and port wine and house whose windows are only opened to air it twice a day.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Wine #Air #Feet

  • Beauty means this to one person, perhaps, and that to the other. And yet when any one of us has seen or heard or read that which to us is beautiful, we have known an emotion which is in every case the same in kind, if not in degree; an emotion precious and uplifting.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Beauty #Beautiful #Uplifting

  • I drink the wine of aspiration and the drug of illusion. Thus I am never dull.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Wine #Drug #Dull

  • The law is what it is-a majestic edifice, sheltering all of us, each stone of which rests on another.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Law #Stones #Majestic

  • Come! Let us lay a lance in rest, And tilt at windmills under a wild sky! For who would live so petty and unblest That dare not tilt at something ere he die; Rather than, screened by safe majority, Preserve his little life to little end, And never raise a rebel cry!
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Sky #Majority #Rebel

  • The French cook; we open tins.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Tin #Cooks

  • Matters change and morals change; men remain.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Change #Men #Matter

  • Art is the one form of human energy in the whole world, which really works for union, and destroys the barriers between man and man. It is the continual, unconscious replacement, however fleeting, of oneself by another; the real cement of human life; the everlasting refreshment and renewal. For, what is grievous, dompting, grim, about our lives is that we are shut up within ourselves, with an itch to get outside ourselves. And to be stolen away from ourselves by Art is a momentary relaxation from that itching, a minute's profound, and as it were secret, enfranchisement.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Art #Real #Men

  • Essential characteristics of a gentleman: The will to put himself in the place of others; the horror of forcing others into positions from which he would himself recoil; and the power to do what seems to him to be right without considering what others may say or think.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Character #Power #Thinking

  • We are all familiar with the argument: Make war dreadful enough, and there will be no war. And we none of us believe it.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #War #Believe #Argument

  • Justice is a machine which, when someone has once given it the starting push, rolls on of itself.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Justice #Machines #Starting

  • From behind a wooden crate we saw a long black-muzzled nose poking round at us. We took him out-soft, wobbly, tearful; set him down on his four, as yet not quite simultaneous legs, and regarded him. He wandered a little round our legs, neither wagging his tail nor licking at our hands; then he looked up, and my companion said: "He's an angel!"
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Dog #Angel #Hands

  • By the cigars they smoke, and the composers they love, ye shall know the texture of men's souls.
    -- John Galsworthy

    #Men #Soul #Texture