It's easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top.— Arnold Bennett
The most surprising Arnold Bennett quotes that are free to learn and impress others
Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.
Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission.
If you've ever really been poor you remain poor at heart all your life.
I've often walked when I could very well afford to take a taxi because I simply couldn't bring myself to waste the shilling it would cost.
There can be no knowledge without emotion.
We may be aware of a truth, yet until we have felt its force, it is not ours. To the cognition of the brain must be added the experience of the soul.
Its language is a language which the soul alone understands, but which the soul can never translate.
The best cure for worry, depression, melancholy, brooding, is to go deliberately forth and try to lift with one's sympathy the gloom of somebody else.
Worry is evidence of an ill-controlled brain; it is merely a stupid waste of time in unpleasantness.
There can be no doubt that the average man blames much more than he praises.
His instinct is to blame. If he is satisfied he says nothing; if he is not, he most illogically kicks up a row.
It is easier to go down a hill than up, but the view is from the top.
The real Tragedy is the tragedy of the man who never in his life braces himself for his one supreme effort-he never stretches to his full capacity, never stands up to his full stature.
Worry is evidence of an ill-controlled brain;
it is merely a stupid waste of time in unpleasantness. If men and women practiced mental calisthenics as they do physical calisthenics, they would purge their brains of this foolishness.
Of all the inhabitants of the inferno, none but Lucifer knows that hell is hell, and the secret function of purgatory is to make of heaven an effective reality.
The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance.
The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your life. You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose.
Falsehood often lurks upon the tongue of him, who, by self-praise, seeks to enhance his value in the eyes of others.
Much ingenuity with a little money is vastly more profitable and amusing than much money without ingenuity.
Every scene, even the commonest, is wonderful, if only one can detach oneself, casting off all memory of use and custom and behold it, as it were, for the first time.
The proper, wise balancing of one's whole life may depend upon the feasibility of a cup of tea at an unusual hour.
We need a sense of the value of time -- that is, of the best way to divide one's time into one's various activities.
Ninety percent of the friction of daily life is caused by tone of voice.
The gain in self-confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labour is immense.
The saxophone is the embodied spirit of beer.
If egotism means a terrific interest in one's self, egotism is absolutely essential to efficient living.
We shall never have more time. We have, and always had, all the time there is. No object is served in waiting until next week or even until tomorrow. Keep going... Concentrate on something useful.
A cause may be inconvenient, but it's magnificent.
It's like champagne or high heels, and one must be prepared to suffer for it.
Well, my deliberate opinion is - it's a jolly strange world.
Happiness includes chiefly the idea of satisfaction after full honest effort.
No one can possibly be satisfied and no one can be happy who feels that in some paramount affairs he failed to take up the challenge of life.
A true friend is one who likes you despite your achievements.
Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self-confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense.
If you've ever really been poor, you remain poor at heart all your life.
Procrastination is suicide on the installment plan.
Time is the inexplicable raw material of everything.
With it, all is possible, without it nothing. The supply of time is truly a daily miracle, an affair genuinely astonishing when one examines it.
The price of Justice is eternal publicity.
Saw Washington Monument. Phallic. Appalling. A national catastrophe.
A man of sixty has spent twenty years in bed and over three years in eating.
Pessimism, when you get used to it, is just as agreeable as optimism.
You probably think of the orchestra as a heterogeneous mass of instruments producing a confused agreeable mass of sound. You do not listen for details because you have never trained your ears to listen to details.
It is well, when one is judging a friend, to remember that he is judging you with the same godlike and superior impartiality.
The moment you're born you're done for.
Because her instinct has told her, or because she has been reliably informed, the faded virgin knows that the supreme joys are not for her; she knows by a process of the intellect; but she can feel her deprivation no more than the young mother can feel the hardship of the virgin's lot.
Mother is far too clever to understand anything she does not like.
All wrong doing is done in the sincere belief that it is the best thing to do.
It is well, when judging a friend, to remember that he is judging you with the same godlike and superior impartiality.
The parents exist to teach the child, but also they must learn what the child has to teach them; and the child has a very great deal to teach them
I do want an expensive honeymoon. Not because I'm extravagant, but because a honeymoon is a solemn, important thing ... a symbol. And it ought to be done -- well, adequately.
It is within the experience of everyone that when pleasure and pain reach a certain intensity they are indistinguishable.
Good taste is better than bad taste, but bad taste is better than no taste.
It is difficult to make a reputation, but is even more difficult seriously to mar a reputation once properly made --- so faithful is the public.
Essential characteristic of the really great novelist: a Christ-like, all-embracing compassion.
The great advantage of being in a rut is that when one is in a rut, one knows exactly where one is.