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Dean William Ralph Inge
(1860-1954) born on
Jun 06
English religious leader, author. The Gloomy Dean was divinity professor at Oxford, 1907-11; dean, St. Paul's Cathedral, London, 1911-34.
         
   
F
Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter. This is what makes the trade of historian so attractive.

R
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.
A
The vulgar mind always mistakes the exceptional for the important.
N
We tolerate shapes in human beings that would horrify us if we saw them in a horse.
K
It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favour of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Assessments and Anticipations, "Prognostications" (1929).
R: In "Observer" (London), 8 Jun 1930.
A: More Lay Thoughts of a Dean, Pt. IV., Ch. 1
N: Attributed.
K: Paul's, London. Outspoken Essays, "Patriotism" (First Series, 1919; first published 1915).
   


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