Why on earth should we be at each other's throats? Why do people insist on defending their ideas and opinions with such ferocity, as if defending honour itself? What could be easier to change than an idea?

— J. G. Farrell

The most unconventional J. G. Farrell quotes to get the best of your day

The British could leave and half India wouldn't notice us leaving just as they didn't notice us arriving. All our reforms of administration might be reforms on the moon for all it has to do with them.

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Not everyone, the Collector was aware, is improved by the job he does in life;

some people are visibly disimproved.

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A great deal of thought must be given to your daughter's marriage.

Otherwise, she will simply slink off like a cat on a dark night to be fertilized under a bush to God knows whom!

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The Magistrate suffered from the disability of a free-thinking turn of mind and from a life that was barren and dreary to match.

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But now the giant heads of Plato and Socrates, each with an expression of penetrating wisdom carved on his white features, surveyed the river and the melon beds beyond.

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