J. A. Spender Quotes

It is cheap generosity which promises the future in compensation for the present.

‘Never put off tomorrow what you can do today.’ Under the influence of this pestilent morality, I am forever letting tomorrow’s work slop into today’s and doing painfully and nervously today what I could do quickly and easily tomorrow.

Always take out your watch when a child asks you the time.

Hostility to youth is the worst vice of the middle-aged.

Fear God, yes, but don’t be afraid of Him.

We all denounce bores, but while we do so, let us remember that there is nobody who isn’t a bore to somebody.

All that the historians give us are little oases in the desert of time, and we linger fondly in these, forgetting the vast tracks between one and another that were trodden by the weary generations of men.