quote by James B. Stockdale

Yeah. I mean, it just seemed to me that it was - I felt so helpless to this business of not having any papers. That seems like a throwback to a schoolboy.

— James B. Stockdale

Romantic Schoolboy quotations

I'm just a public-schoolboy. I've got a degree. I'm from a middle-class family in Devon. I've got no story.

Don't hire a master to paint you a masterpiece and then assign a roomful of schoolboy artists to look over his shoulder and make suggestions.

It was the schoolboy who said, Faith is believing what you know ain't so.

The simplest schoolboy is now familiar with truths for which Archimedes would have sacrificed his life.


I am certain I have not a right feeling towards women -- at this moment I am striving to be just to them, but I cannot. Is it because they fall so far beneath my boyish imagination? When I was a schoolboy I thought a fair woman a pure Goddess; my mind was a soft nest in which some one of them slept, though she knew it not.

There is a story about a schoolboy who was asked what he thought God was like.

He replied that, as far as he could make out, God was 'the sort of person who is always snooping around to see if anyone is enjoying himself and then trying to stop it.'

I am inclined to agree with the Head Master of Eton that pæderastic passions among schoolboys 'do no harm'; further, I think them the only redeeming feature of sexual life at public schools.

I am light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a schoolboy

O, Life! how pleasant is thy morning, Young Fancy's rays the hills adorning! Cold pausing Caution's lesson scorning, We frisk away, Like schoolboys, at the expected warning, To joy and play.


On the day when a young writer corrects his first proof-sheet he is as proud as a schoolboy who has just got his first dose of pox.

Sir Humphrey Davy Abominated gravy. He lived in the odium Of having discovered sodium. Said to have been written as a schoolboy during a chemistry class at St. Paul's School.

There is magic in the memory of schoolboy friendships;

it softens the heart, and even affects the nervous system of those who have no heart.

Love goes toward love as schoolboys from their books, But love from love, toward school with heavy looks.

Many a person who could not comprehend Rousseau, and would be puzzled by Montesquieu, could understand Paine as an open book. He wrote with a clarity, a sharpness of outline and exactness of speech that even a schoolboy should be able to grasp.


I'm a nice middle class public schoolboy who underachieved and wasn't going anywhere fast. I didn't get any GCSEs or A-levels. But everyone was like: "Please, will you do something?" And I was thinking: "Well, I kind of like the idea of joining the French Foreign Legion."

He continues to give more than 100 per cent and his schoolboy-like enthusiasm for the game is something I envy and admire. For the team he is the best available coaching manual.

It is a sad thing that our schoolboys look upon manual labour with disfavour, if not contempt.

You can't treat Russia like a guilty schoolboy who has to put a cross on a piece of paper to show he has done his homework. That kind of language is unacceptable.

The schoolboy counts the time till the return of the holidays;

the minor longs to be of age; the lover is impatient till he is married.


I spent a little time in Germany as a schoolboy learning German, and it's a country I knew very well, spent a lot of time in. I knew the history very well. I've always wanted to do a piece of work about the post-war period, of one sort or another.

I pay the schoolmaster, but 'tis the schoolboys that educate my son.

The supreme question about a work of art is out of how deep a life does it spring. Paintings of Moreau are paintings of ideas. The deepest poetry of Shelley, the words of Hamlet bring our mind into contact with the eternal wisdom; Plato's world of ideas. All the rest is the speculation of schoolboys for schoolboys.

What money is better bestowed than that of a schoolboy's tip? How the kindness is recalled by the recipient in after days! It blesses him that gives and him that takes.

Reason? That dreary shed, that hutch for grubby schoolboys.


The music business looks like, you know, innocent schoolboys compared to the TV business. They care about nothing but profit.

The bee himself did not evade the schoolboy more than she evaded me, and even at this day I still stand somewhat bewildered, like the boy.

My feelings are those of a schoolboy getting in sight of the holidays.

Or more seriously, my feelings are perhaps those of a matador who has decided not to enter the bull ring.

Christians remind me of schoolboys who want to look up the answers to their math problems in the back of the book rather than work them through.

Of an old tale which every schoolboy knows.


Kenny was actually here at Melwood as a 15-year-old schoolboy.

He came on trial and he went home afterwards. It was only later that Bill Shankly realised that Dalglish was here as a boy and he went mad! He said 'how did we miss him?' Kenny just had the football brain. He was born with it and you can't give that to people. He had that natural born talent.

I never really recovered from the shock of discovering that women do what we do;

they save their best pairs for the nights when they are going to sleep with somebody. When you live with a woman, these faded, shrunken tatty scraps suddenly appear on radiators all over the house; your lascivious schoolboy dreams of adulthood as a time when you are surrounded by exotic lingerie for ever and ever amen...those dreams crumble to dust.

My body is no schoolboy.

Scratch a schoolboy and you find a savage.

In my schoolboy days I had no aversion to slavery.

I was not aware there was anything wrong about it. No-one arraigned it in my hearing; the local papers said nothing against it; the local pulpit taught us that God approved it, that it was a holy thing, and that the doubter need only look in the Bible if he wished to settle his mind.

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