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William Ralph Inge
1860 - 1954

British teacher, clergyman and writer, a.k.a. "the Gloomy Dean" for his pessimistic view of civilization, master at Eton, fellow at Oxford, professor of divinity at Cambridge, columnist (for 25 years) with the Evening Standard, author of Truth and Falsehood in Religion (1906) and many other works


We must remember that a right lost to one is lost to all.

The vulgar mind always mistakes the exceptional for the important.

It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favour of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.

There are two kinds of fools: one says, "This is old, therefore it is good"; the other says, "This is new, therefore it is better."

The enemies of freedom do not argue; they shout and they shoot.

A cat can be trusted to purr when she is pleased, which is more than can be said for human beings.

It is astonishing with how little wisdom mankind can be governed, when that little wisdom is its own.