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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.
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.

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.
The vulgar mind always mistakes the exceptional for the important.
We tolerate shapes in human beings that would horrify us if we saw them in a horse.
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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