As Governor of my country, I have been an enemy to its enemies; I have slain the English; I have mortally opposed the English King; I have stormed and taken the towns and castles which he unjustly claimed as his own.
The history of mankind is confined within a limited period, and from every quarter brings an intimation that human affairs have had a beginning.
A terrible thing about getting oldish is that your friends start dying, and in the last ten years I have lost seven or eight of my closest.
I only keep books that I like very much. Otherwise I’d throw them out.
Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead: therefore we must learn both arts.
I used to fish the Border rivers, but nowadays you have to queue up for a shot and I can’t stand that.
The same sort of thing happened in my dispute with the National Trust book: Follies: A National Trust Guide, which implied that the only pleasure you can get from Folly architecture is by calling the architect mad, and by laughing at the architecture.
In every commercial state, notwithstanding any pretension to equal rights, the exaltation of a few must depress the many.
To hate, to love, to think, to feel, to see; all this is nothing but to perceive.
War is a quarrel between two thieves too cowardly to fight their own battle.