A. C. Benson Quotes

Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.

A C Benson

People seldom refuse help, if one offers it in the right way.

The worst sorrows in life are not in its losses and misfortunes, but its fears.

People who deal with life generously and large-heartedly go on multiplying relationships to the end.

Readjusting is a painful process, but most of us need it at one time or another.

As I make my slow pilgrimage through the world, a certain sense of beautiful mystery seems to gather and grow.

Because of a friend, life is a little stronger, fuller, more gracious thing for the friend’s existence, whether he be near or far. If the friend is close at hand, that is best; but if he is far away he still is there to think of, to wonder about, to hear from, to write to, to share life and experience with, to serve, to honor, to admire, to love.

The joy of all mysteries is the certainty which comes from their contemplation, that there are many doors yet for the soul to open on her upward and inward way.

A well begun is half ended.

Keeping up appearances is the most expensive thing in the world.

I believe in instinct, not reason. When reason is right, nine times out of ten it is impotent, and when it prevails, nine times out of ten it is wrong.

It seems sometimes as if one were powerless to do any more from within to overcome troubles, and that help must come from without.

A C Benson

I don’t like authority, at least I don’t like other people’s authority.

The moment that any life, however good, stifles you, you may be sure it isn’t your real life.

Congenial labor is the secret of happiness.

A. C. Benson Quotes
A. C. Benson Quotes

When you get to my age life seems little more than one long march to and from the lavatory.

There remain times when one can only endure. One lives on, one doesn’t die, and the only thing that one can do, is to fill one’s mind and time as far as possible with the concerns of other people. It doesn’t bring immediate peace, but it brings the dawn nearer.

I think I feel rather differently about sympathy to what seems the normal view. I like just to feel it is there, but not always expressed.

I expect that all of us get pretty much what we deserve of appreciation.

The friend is the person whom one is in need of and by whom one is needed.

It is often wonderful how putting down on paper a clear statement of a case helps one to see, not perhaps the way out, but the way in.

A C Benson

One’s mind has a way of making itself up in the background, and it suddenly becomes clear what one means to do.

I never enter a new company without the hope that I may discover a friend, perhaps the friend, sitting there with an expectant smile. That hope survives a thousand disappointments.

A diary need not be a dreary chronicle of one’s movements; it should aim rather at giving salient account of some particular episode, a walk, a book, a conversation.

Ambition often puts Men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping.

A C Benson