E.F. Benson quotes

  • An idea so luminous flashed across her brain that she almost thought the room had leaped into light.
    -- E.F. Benson

    #Light #Ideas #Brain

  • The hours of the morning between breakfast and lunch were the time which the inhabitants of Riseholme chiefly devoted to spying on each other.
    -- E.F. Benson

    #Morning #Lunch #Breakfast

  • ...vicinity to the sea is desirable, because it is easier to do nothing by the sea than anywhere else, and because bathing and basking on the shore cannot be considered an employment but only an apotheosis of loafing. ("Expiation")
    -- E.F. Benson

    #Sea #Employment #Apotheosis

  • When one is happy there is no time to be fatigued; being happy engrosses the whole attention.
    -- E.F. Benson

    #Happiness #Attention

  • There's many things in this world that will depress you, and make you good for nothing, if you take them seriously, and that cheer you up if you don't.
    -- E.F. Benson

    #Depressing #Cheer #World

  • Emotionally, I have no picture-book illustrated with memories of my first five years, but externally, I have impressions that possess a haunting vividness comparable only to the texture of dreams, when dreams are tumultuously alive.
    -- E.F. Benson

    #Dream #Memories #Book

  • Vermouth always makes me brilliant unless it makes me idiotic.
    -- E.F. Benson

    #Brilliant #Idiotic

  • The thoughts of others Were light and fleeting, Of lovers' meeting Or luck or fame. Mine were of trouble, And mine were steady; So I was ready When trouble came.

  • When the spirit shines, even foggy skies make pleasant light.

  • Ideas may drift into other minds, but they do not drift my way. I have to go and fetch them. I know no work manual or mental to equal the appalling heart-breaking anguish of fetching an idea from nowhere.

  • Piglet was so excited at the idea of being Useful that he forgot to be frightened any more, and when Rabbit went on to say that Kangas were only Fierce during the winter months, being at other times of an Affectionate Disposition, he could hardly sit still, he was so eager to begin being useful at once.

  • Universities are not here to be mediums for the coercion of other people, they're here to be mediums for the free exchange of ideas.

  • A false idea is not only one which is absolutely subjective but one which is absolutely objective.

  • I tried the paleo diet, which is the caveman diet - lots of meat. And I tried the calorie restriction diet: The idea is that if you eat very, very little - if you're on the verge of starvation, you will live a very long time, whether or not you want to, of course.

  • I have to say, this sounds like the worst idea in a thousand generations of bad ideas." "You haven't heard all our ideas." Luke & Bhindi Drayson

  • I'm always going to be making costumes. It's one of the ways I relax my brain. In addition to the pleasure of having the piece, there is a deep and abiding pleasure for me assembling something in my head - learning to know something in its totality in my head, and then putting together all the constituent parts into a cohesive whole.

  • All that you need to become an entrepreneur and change the world is a working brain - and pretty much nothing else.