- It is leviathan retrieving pebbles. It is a magnificent but painful hippopotamus resolved at any cost, even at the cost of its dignity, upon picking up a pea which has got into a corner of its den.
of Henry James
- The Social Contract is nothing more or less than a vast conspiracy of human beings to lie to and humbug themselves and one another for the general Good. Lies are the mortar that bind the savage individual man into the social masonry.
Love and Mr Lewisham (1900)
- Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
The Outline of History (1920) vol. 2, ch. 41, pt. 4
- Bah! the thing is not a nose at all, but a bit of primordial chaos clapped on to my face.
Select Conversations with an Uncle (1895) ‘The Man with a Nose’
- The shape of things to come.
title of book (1933)
- The war that will end war.
- Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.
The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman (1914) ch. 9, sect. 2
- The whole human memory can be, and probably in a short time will be, made accessible to every individual.
The World Brain (1938) ‘The Idea of a Permanent World Encyclopaedia’
- God damn you all: I told you so.
suggestion for his own epitaph, in conversation with Ernest Barker, 1939
Ernest Barker Age and Youth (1953)