Top 10 Quotes by John Galsworthy

John Galsworthy

Looking back on the long-stretched-out body of one's work, it is interesting to mark the endless duel fought within a man between the emotional and critical sides of his nature, first one, then the other, getting the upper hand, and too seldom fusing till the result has the mellowness of full achievement. One can even tell the nature of one's readers, by their preference for the work which reveals more of this side than of that.

John Galsworthy
Art is the one form of human energy in the whole world, which really works for union, and destroys the barriers between man and man. It is the continual, unconscious replacement, however fleeting, of oneself by another; the real cement of human life; the everlasting refreshment and renewal. For, what is grievous, dompting, grim, about our lives is that we are shut up within ourselves, with an itch to get outside ourselves. And to be stolen away from ourselves by Art is a momentary relaxation from that itching, a minute's profound, and as it were secret, enfranchisement.
John Galsworthy

The value of a sentiment is the amount of sacrifice you are prepared to make for it.

John Galsworthy
I am still under the impression that there is nothing alive quite so beautiful as a thoroughbred horse.
John Galsworthy

Idealism increases in direct proportion to one's distance from the problem. John Galsworth

John Galsworthy
Summer — summer — summer! The soundless footsteps on the grass!
John Galsworthy

It's not life that counts but the fortitude you bring into it.

John Galsworthy
Love has no age, no limit; and no death.
John Galsworthy

If you do not think about the future, you cannot have one.

John Galsworthy
The French cook; we open tins.