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Quotes of the day: Joyce Cary

Published Sunday, December 06, 2015 @ 11:31 PM EST
Dec 06 2015

Arthur Joyce Lunel Cary (December 7, 1888 – March 29, 1957) was an Anglo-Irish novelist and artist. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A novel should be an experience and convey an emotional truth rather than arguments.

A perfect God is the creation of a conceited man.

All art is bad, but modern art is the worst.

An old man's memories, like his bones, grow sharp with age and show their true shapes.

For good and evil, man is a free creative spirit. This produces the very queer world we live in, a world in continuous creation and therefore continuous change and insecurity.

Funeral expenses are the curse of the poor everywhere on earth, they are wasteful and unnecessary, they are the price of foolish ostentation and a display that is less an evidence of grief than a vulgar travesty of those pompous obsequies where no grief is

God is a character, a real and consistent being, or He is nothing. If God did a miracle He would deny His own nature and the universe would simply blow up, vanish, become nothing.

I look upon life as a gift from God. I did nothing to earn it. Now that the time is coming to give it back, I have no right to complain.

It is a tragedy of the world that no one knows what he doesn't know- the less a man knows, the more sure it is that he knows everything.

It was as dark as the inside of a cabinet minister.

Love doesn't grow on trees like apples in Eden- it's something you have to make. And you must use your imagination too.

No honest hardworking official likes to see good money disappearing into the hands of the Treasury at the end of the financial year.

No one can estimate the power of authority among poor and uneducated people in a world whose problems confuse even the wisest.

Nothing is a masterpiece- a real masterpiece- till it's about two hundred years old.

Of all things I find most unbearable is the injustice of one generation to another.

Politics is like navigation in a sea without charts, and wise men live the lives of pilgrims.

Reality is a narrow little house which becomes a prison to those who can't get out of it.

Religion is organized to satisfy and guide the soul- politics does the same thing for the body.

Remember I'm an artist. And you know what that means in a court of law. Next worst to an actress.

The concept, the label, is perpetually hiding from us all the nature of the real.

The most effective teacher will always be biased, for the chief force in teaching is confidence and enthusiasm.

The truth is that life is hard and dangerous; that he who seeks his own happiness does not find it; that he who is weak must suffer; that he who demands love will be disappointed; that he who is greedy will not be fed; that he who seeks peace will find strife; that truth is only for the brave; that joy is only for him who does not fear to be alone; that life is only for the one who is not afraid to die.

The will is never free- it is always attached to an object, a purpose. It is simply the engine in the car- it can't steer.

To forgive is wisdom, to forget is genius. And easier. Because it's true. It's a new world every heart beat.

When a woman gets the idea of justice, there's no teaching her any sense.


(December 7 is also the birthday of Willa Cather, Noam Chomsky, and Harry Chapin.)

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