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A collection of quotes and thoughts by William Ralph Inge on knowledge, opportunity, rewards, consequences, beautiful, spirit, age, wisdom and happiness.

29 Inspiring Quotes By William Ralph Inge That Will Encourage You To Speak Your Mind

Quick Facts

Born On: June 6, 1860

Died On: February 26, 1954

Died At Age: 93

William Ralph Inge was a British Anglican priest, divinity professor at the University of Cambridge, writer and the dean at ‘St. Paul’s Cathedral’, who went on to become one of the most influential priests of his era. Inge was an extremely gifted student, who got a ‘Newcastle Scholarship’ to the elite ‘Eton College’ and then won a slew of prizes during his time at ‘King’s College’ at the University of Cambridge. He was one of the most influential priests without a doubt and championed causes like nudism that proved he had a mind of his own despite being an Anglican priest. However, his legacy has been cemented by virtue of the scores of books that he wrote during the course of his life and many of them are read widely to the present day. Some of his most well-known works include ‘The Church and the Age’, ‘Outspoken Essays’, ‘Types of Christian Saintliness’, ‘Lay Thoughts of a Dean’, ‘A Pacifist in Trouble’, ‘The Idea of Progress’, ‘God and Astronomers’ and ‘The End of an Age’ and ‘Other Essays’ among others. Inge was without doubt a man of rare intellect and put forward his views and thoughts as often as he could. Here is a collection of some of the best known quotes and sayings by William Ralph Inge from his books, essays and other public utterances that are sure to motivate and inspire you.

It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.

William Ralph Inge

The aim of education is the knowledge not of facts but of values.

William Ralph Inge

Nobody is bored when he is trying to make something that is beautiful, or to discover something that is true.

William Ralph Inge

Prayer gives a man the opportunity of getting to know a gentleman he hardly ever meets. I do not mean his maker, but himself.

William Ralph Inge

There are no rewards or punishments - only consequences.

William Ralph Inge

It is astonishing with how little wisdom mankind can be governed, when that little wisdom is its own.

William Ralph Inge

A man may build himself a throne of bayonets, but he can't sit on it.

William Ralph Inge

Originality is undetected plagiarism.

William Ralph Inge

We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.

William Ralph Inge

The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular cause for being happy except that they are so.

William Ralph Inge

Theater is, of course, a reflection of life. Maybe we have to improve life before we can hope to improve theater.

William Ralph Inge

No Christian can be a pessimist, for Christianity is a system of radical optimism.

William Ralph Inge

True faith is belief in the reality of absolute values.

William Ralph Inge

I think middle-age is the best time, if we can escape the fatty degeneration of the conscience which often sets in at about fifty.

William Ralph Inge

To become a popular religion, it is only necessary for a superstition to enslave a philosophy.

William Ralph Inge

I have never understood why it should be considered derogatory to the Creator to suppose that he has a sense of humour.

William Ralph Inge

The enemies of freedom do not argue; they shout and they shoot.

William Ralph Inge

Every institution not only carries within it the seeds of its own dissolution, but prepares the way for its most hated rival.

William Ralph Inge

Public opinion, a vulgar, impertinent, anonymous tyrant who deliberately makes life unpleasant for anyone who is not content to be the average person.

William Ralph Inge

Literature flourishes best when it is half a trade and half an art.

William Ralph Inge

In dealing with Englishmen you can be sure of one thing only, that the logical solution will not be adopted.

William Ralph Inge

Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.

William Ralph Inge

Consciousness is a phase of mental life which arises in connection with the formation of new habits. When habit is formed, consciousness only interferes to spoil our performance.

William Ralph Inge

A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and a common hatred of its neighbors.

William Ralph Inge

The proper time to influence the character of a child is about a hundred years before he is born.

William Ralph Inge

Whoever marries the spirit of this age will find himself a widower in the next.

William Ralph Inge

What is originality ? undetected plagiarism!

William Ralph Inge

Many people believe that they are attracted by God, or by Nature, when they are only repelled by man.

William Ralph Inge

Events in the past maybe roughly divided into those which and probably never happened and those which do not matter.

William Ralph Inge