"The best thing for being sad," replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails.— T. H. White
The most delighting T. H. White quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening
The Destiny of Man is to unite, not to divide.
If you keep on dividing you end up as a collection of monkeys throwing nuts at each other out of separate trees.
Perhaps we all give the best of our hearts uncritically--to those who hardly think about us in return.
Learn why the world wags and what wags it.
That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.
The best thing for being sad ... is to learn something.
I can imagine nothing more terrifying than an Eternity filled with men who were all the same. The only thing which has made life bearable…has been the diversity of creatures on the surface of the globe.
We cannot build the future by avenging the past.
Might does not make right! Right makes right!
You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then - to learn.
Is there anything more terrible than perpetual motion, than doing and doing and doing, without a reason, without a consciousness, without a change, without an end?
A lot of brainless unicorns swaggering about and calling themselves educated just because they can push each other off a horse with a bit of a stick! It makes me tired.
The destiny of man is an individualistic destiny.
Wars are never fought for one reason," he said. "They are fought for dozens of reasons, in a muddle.
I am an anarchist, like any other sensible person. ~ Merlyn
My boy, you shall be everything in the world, animal, vegetable, mineral, protista, or virus, for all I care-before I have done with you-but you will have to trust my superior backsight. The time is not yet ripe for you to be a hawk... so you may as well sit down for the moment and learn to be a human being.
I think I ought to have some eddication,"said the Wart, "I can't think of anything to do.
I would recommend a solo flight to all prospective suicides.
It tends to make clear the issue of whether one enjoys being alive or not.
Life is too bitter already, without territories and wars and noble feuds
It was called a tribute before a battle and a ransom afterwards.
War is like a fire. One man may start it, but it will spread all over. It is not about any one thing in particular.
...All endeavours which are directed to a purely worldly end...contain within themselves the germs of their own corruption.
Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.
Now, in their love, which was stronger, there were the seeds of hatred and fear and confusion growing at the same time: for love can exist with hatred, each preying on the other, and this is what gives it its greatest fury.
Love is a trick played on us by the forces of evolution.
Pleasure is the bait laid down by the same. There is only power. Power is of the individual mind but the mind's power is not enough. Power of the body decides everything in the end and only might is right.
There were thousands of brown books in leather bindings, some chained to the book-shelves and others propped against each other as if they had had too much to drink and did not really trust themselves. These gave out a smell of must and solid brownness which was most secure.
She hardly ever thought of him. He had worn a place for himself in some corner of her heart, as a sea shell, always boring against the rock, might do. The making of the place had been her pain. But now the shell was safely in the rock. It was lodged, and ground no longer.
Aviators live by hours, not by days.
The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing and to watch someone else doing it wrong, without commenting.
God is love, the bishops tell. Yes, I know, But love is hell.
Unfortunately we have tried to establish Right by Might, and you can 't do that.
Only fools want to be great.
In war, our elders may give the orders...but it is the young who have to fight.
It has to be admitted that starving nations never seem to be quite so starving that they cannot afford to have far more expensive armaments than anybody else.
Those who lived by the sword were forced to die by it.
Wrongs have to be redressed by reason, not by force.
It seems, in tragedy, that innocence is not enough.
Middle-aged people can balance between believing in God and breaking all the commandments without difficulty.
Yes, that is the equality of man. Slaughter anybody who is better than you are, and then we shall be equal soon enough. All equally dead.
When shall I be dead and rid Of all the wrong my father did? How long, how long 'till spade and hearse Put to sleep my mother's curse?
The fate of this man or that man was less than a drop, although it was a sparkling one, in the great blue motion of the sunlit sea.
A chaos of mind and body - a time for weeping at sunsets and at the glamour of moonlight - a confusion and profusion of beliefs and hopes, in God, in Truth, in Love, and in Eternity - an ability to be transported by the beauty of physical objects - a heart to ache or swell- a joy so hoyful and a sorrow so sorrowful that oceans could lie between them.
You could not give up a human heart as you could give up drinking.
The drink was yours, and you could give it up: but your lover’s soul was not your own: it was not at your disposal; you had a duty towards it.
Perhaps he does not want to be friends with you until he knows what you are like. With owls, it is never easy-come-easy-go.
You think education is something to be done when all else fails?
If there is one thing I can't stand, it is stupidity.
I always say that stupidity is the Sin against the Holy Ghost.
The fisherman fishes as the urchin eats cream buns, from lust.
If it takes a million years for a fish to become a reptile, has Man, in our few hundred, altered out of recognition?
If God is supposed to be merciful,' [Arthur] retorted, 'I don't see why He shouldn't allow people to stumble into heaven, just as well as climb there
The destiny of man is to unite, not to divide.
Mordred and Agravaine thought Arthur hypocritical—as all decent men must be, if you assume that decency can’t exist.