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Evelyn Waugh
English novelist
(1903-66)



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I expect you'll be becoming a schoolmaster, sir. That's what most of the gentlemen does, sir, that gets sent down for indecent behaviour.
-- Decline and Fall (1928)

Various courageous Europeans, in the seventies of the last century, came to Ishmaelia, or near it, furnished with suitable equipment of cuckoo clocks, phonographs, opera hats, draft-treaties and flags of the nations which they had been obliged to leave. ... None returned. They were eaten, every one of them; some raw, others stewed and seasoned -- according to local usage and the calendar (for the better sort of Ishmaelites have been Christian for many centuries and will not publicly eat human flesh, uncooked, in Lent, without special and costly dispensation from their bishop).
-- Scoop (1938)

Charm is the great English blight. It does not exist outside these damp islands. It spots and kills anything it touches. It kills love, it kills art.
-- Brideshead Revisited (1945)

You'll never find an Englishman among the underdogs -- except in England, of course.
-- The Loved One (1948)

His strongest tastes were negative. He abhorred plastics, Picasso, sunbathing and jazz -- everything in fact that had happened in his own lifetime.
-- The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold (1957)


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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