Quotes by James Agate

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James Agate (1877-1947) was a British writer famous for his witticisms. He reached prominence as a critic for the Sunday Times from 1923 until his death.

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The English instinctively admire any man who has no talent, and is modest about it.

The Englishman can get along with sex quite perfectly so long as he can pretend that it isn't sex but something else.
Intelligence: I was asked tonight why I refuse to have truck with intellectuals after business hours. But of course I won t. 1. I am not an intellectual. Two minutes talk with Aldous Huxley, William Glock, or any of the New Statesman crowd would expose me utterly. 2. I am too tired after my day's work to man the intellectual palisade. 3. When my work is finished I want to eat, drink, smoke, and relax. 4. I don't know very much, but what I do know I know better than anybody, and I don't want to argue about it. I know what I think about an actor or an actress, and am not interested in what anybody else thinks. My mind is not a bed to be made and re-made.
Don't pity me now, don't pity me never; I'm going to do nothing for ever and ever.