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date: 25 April 2019

Ronald Knox 1888–1957
English writer and Roman Catholic priest 

  1. When suave politeness, tempering bigot zeal,
    Corrected I believe to One does feel.
    ‘Absolute and Abitofhell’ (1913)
  2. There once was a man who said, ‘God
    Must think it exceedingly odd
    If he finds that this tree
    Continues to be
    When there's no one about in the Quad.’
    to which came the anonymous reply: ‘Dear Sir, / Your astonishment's odd: / I am always about in the Quad. / And that's why the tree / Will continue to be, / Since observed by / Yours faithfully, / God’
    Langford Reed Complete Limerick Book (1924)
  3. Thank God, in these days of enlightenment and establishment, everyone has a right to his own opinions, and chiefly to the opinion that nobody else has a right to theirs.
    Reunion All Round (1914)
  4. After all, what was a paradox but a statement of the obvious so as to make it sound untrue?
    A Spiritual Aeneid (1918)
  5. A loud noise at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
    definition of a baby