The pacifist's task today is to find a method of helping and healing which provides a revolutionary constructive substitute for war.— Vera Brittain
The most unforgettable Vera Brittain quotes you will be delighted to read
Politics are usually the executive expression of human immaturity.
Modern war and modern civilisation are utterly incompatible...one or the other must go.
There is an abiding beauty which may be appreciated by those who will see things as they are and who will ask for no reward except to see.
All that a pacifist can undertake -- but it is a very great deal -- is to refuse to kill, injure or otherwise cause suffering to another human creature, and untiringly to order his life by the rule of love though others may be captured by hate.
I know one husband and wife who, whatever the official reasons given to the court for the break up of their marriage, were really divorced because the husband believed that nobody ought to read while he was talking and the wife that nobody ought to talk while she was reading.
We should never be at the mercy of Providence if only we understood that we ourselves are Providence.
The tragedy of journalism lies in its impermanence;
the very topicality which gives it brilliance condemns it to an early death. Too often it is a process of flinging bright balloons in the path of the hurricane, a casting of priceless petals upon the rushing surface of a stream.
Babies are a nuisance, of course. But so does everything seem to be that is worth while – husbands and books and committees and being loved and everything. We have to choose between barren ease and rich unrest – or rather, one does not choose.
Most men, whether men or women, wish above all else to be comfortable, and thought is a pre-eminently uncomfortable process; it brings to the individual far more suffering than happiness in a semi-civilised world which still goes to war.
Why, I wonder, do people who at one time or another have all been young themselves, and who ought therefore to know better, generalize so suavely and so mendaciously about the golden hours of youth-that period of life when every sorrow seems permanent, and every setback insuperable?
most of us have to be self-righteous before we can be righteous.
I can think of few important movements for reform in which success was won by any method other than that of an energetic minority presenting the indifferent majority with a fait accompli, which was then accepted.
Definite gifts render their possessors capable of overcoming any obstacle this side of death; they create an impetus of far more genuine value than external advantages in some other career where the impulse to make use of them remains weak or non-existent. The work that one enjoys is the greatest source of happiness and vitality in life.
I know of no place where the wind can be as icy and the damp so penetrating as in Oxford round about Easter time.
The idea that it is necessary to go to a university in order to become a successful writer . . . is one of those fantasies that surround authorship.
Meek wifehood is no part of my profession; I am your friend, but never your possession.
Few of humanity's characteristics are more disconcerting than its ability to reduce world-events to its own level, wherever this may happen to be.
few things are more rewarding than a child's open uncalculating devotion.
At no previous period has mankind been faced by a half-century which so paradoxically united violence and progress. Its greater and lesser wars and long series of major assassinations have been strangely combined with the liberation of more societies and individuals than ever before in history, and by the transformation of millions of second-class citizens -- women, workers and the members of subject races -- to a stage at which first-rate achievement is no longer inhibited even if opportunities are not yet complete.
I thought that spring must last forevermore, For I was young and loved, and it was May.
However deep our devotion may be to parents or to children, it is our contemporaries alone with whom understanding is instinctive and entire.
If the would-be writer studies people in their everyday lives and discovers how to make his characters in their quieter moods interesting to his readers, he will have learned far more than he can ever learn from the constant presentation of crises.
The best prose is written by authors who see their universe with a poet’s eyes.
The joys of motherhood are not excessively apparent during the first few weeks of a baby's life.
I don't think victory over death... is anything so superficial as a person fulfilling their normal span of life. It can be twofold; a victory over death by the man who faces it for himself without fear, and a victory by those who, loving him, know that death is but a little thing compared with the fact that he lived and was the kind of person he was.
So many people seem to imagine that because the actual tools of writing are easily accessible, it is less difficult than the other arts. This is entirely an illusion.
It is probably true to say that the largest scope for change still lies in men's attitude to women, and in women's attitude to themselves.
College is a secluded life of scholastic vegetation
belated maternity has had its compensations;
small children have a habit of conferring persistent youth upon their parents, and by their eager vitality postpone the unenterprising cautions and timidities of middle age.
An author who waits for the right 'mood' will soon find that 'moods' get fewer and fewer until they cease altogether.
Venice is all sea and sculpture.
It never seems to occur to anybody that some women may not want to find husbands.