Quotes By Heartbreak House

“You'll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.”


“A man's interest in the world is only the overflow from his interest in himself.”


“We know now that the soul is the body, and the body the soul. They tell us they are different because they want to persuade us that we can keep our souls if we let them make slaves of our bodies.”


“Old-fashioned people think you can have a soul without money. They think the less money you have, the more soul you have. Young people nowadays know better. A soul is a very expensive thing to keep: much more so than a motor car.”


“If we women were particular about men's characters, we should never get married at all.”


“People don't have their virtues and vices in sets: they have them anyhow: all mixed.”


“HECTOR
Well, I don't mean to be drowned like a rat in a trap. I still have the will to live. What am I to do?

CAPT. SHOTOVER
Do? Nothing simpler. Learn your business as an Englishman.

HECTOR
And what may my business as an Englishman be, pray?

CAPT. SHOTOVER
Navigation. Learn it and live; or leave it and be damned.”


“Lady Utterword: What a lovely night! It seems made for us. Hector: The night takes no interest in us. What are we to the night?”


“One turns the cheek: the other kisses it. One provides the cash: the other spends it.”


“It's a dangerous thing to be married right up to the hilt, like my daughter's husband. The man is at home all day, like a damned soul in hell.”


“Go anywhere in England where there are natural, wholesome, contented, and really nice English people; and what do you always find? That the stables are the real centre of the household.”


“It may be asked how so imbecile and dangerous a creed ever came to be accepted by intelligent beings. I will answer that question more fully in my next volume of plays, which will be entirely devoted to the subject. For”