J.B. Priestley was born 13 September 1894, and died 14 August 1984
- The way to write a book is the application of the seat of one’s pants to the seat of one’s chair.
- I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.
- Like its politicians and its wars, society has the teenagers it deserves.
- We don’t live alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other. And I tell you that the time will soon come when if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish. Good night.
- The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.
- Living in an age of advertisement, we are perpetually disillusioned. The perfect life is spread before us every day, but it changes and withers at a touch.
- Be yourself is about the worst advice you can give to some people.
- If you are a genius, you’ll make your own rules, but if not – and the odds are against it – go to your desk no matter what your mood, face the icy challenge of the paper – write.
- Perhaps it would be better not to be a writer, but if you must, then write.
- Most writers enjoy two periods of happiness—when a glorious idea comes to mind, and when a last page has been written and you haven’t had time to know how much better it ought to be.
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