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JOHN GALSWORTHY
English novelist, poet and dramatist
(1867 - 1933)
  CHECK READING LIST (5)  

A man of action, forced into a state of thought, is unhappy until he can get out of it.
      - [Action]

Beginnings are always messy.
      - [Beginnings]

Matters change and morals change; men remain.
      - [Change]

O Lord of Courage grave,
  O Master of this night of Spring!
    Make firm in me a heart too brave
      To ask Thee anything.
      - [Prayer]

See what perils do environ those who meddle with hot iron.
      - [Danger]

The Bishop of Portminister was sinking fast; they had sent for his four nephews, his two nieces and their one husband.
      - Maid in Waiting [Books (First Lines)]

Clare, who for seventeen months had been the wife of Sir Gerald Corven of the Colonial Service, stood on the boat deck of an Orient liner in the river Thames, waiting for it to dock.
      - One More River [Books (First Lines)]

In modern Society, one thing after another, this spice on that, ensures a kind of memoristic vacuum, and Fleur Mont's passage of arms with Majorie Ferrar was, by the spring of 1926, well-nigh forgotten.
      - Swan Song [Books (First Lines)]

Those privileged to be present at a family festival of the Forsytes have seen that charming and instructive sight--an upper middle-class family in full plumage. But whosoever of these favoured persons has possessed the gift of psychological analysis (a talent without monetary value and properly ignored by the Forsytes), has witnessed a spectacle, not only delightful in itself, but illustrative of an obscure human problem. In plainer words, he has gleaned from a gathering of this family--no branch of which had a liking for the other, between no three members of whom existed anything worthy of the name of sympathy--evidence of that mysterious concrete tenacity which renders a family so formidable a unit of society, so clear a reproduction of society in miniature. He has been admitted to a vision of the dim roads of social progress, has understood something of patriarchal life, of the swarmings of savage hordes, of the rise and fall of nations.
      - The Forsyte Saga (ch. I)
        [Books (First Lines)]

The young man who, at the end of September, 1924, dismounted from a taxicab in South Square, Westminster, was so unobtrusively American that his driver had some hesitation in asking for double his fare. The young man had no hesitation in refusing it.
      - The Silver Spoon [Books (First Lines)]


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