John Galsworthy

Literary Birthday – 14 August – John Galsworthy

Nine Quotes

  1. A man is the sum of his actions, of what he has done, of what he can do. Nothing else.
  2. Love has no age, no limit; and no death.
  3. Art is the one form of human energy in the whole world, which really works for union, and destroys the barriers between man and man. It is the continual, unconscious replacement, however fleeting, of oneself by another; the real cement of human life; the everlasting refreshment and renewal.
  4. Idealism increases in direct proportion to one’s distance from the problem.
  5. It’s always worth while before you do anything to consider whether it’s going to hurt another person more than is absolutely necessary.
  6. He is but a poor philosopher who holds a view so narrow as to exclude forms not to his personal taste.
  7. Dreaming is the poetry of Life, and we must be forgiven if we indulge in it a little.
  8. We are not living in a private world of our own. Everything we say and do and think has its effect on everything around us.
  9. The beginnings and endings of all human undertakings are untidy.

John Galsworthy was an English novelist and playwright. He is best remembered for The Forsyte Saga and its sequels, A Modern Comedy and End of the Chapter. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1932.


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