Trent read and re-read the pitiful message [a suicide note], so full of the awful egotism of grief.
12. "The Ordinary Hairpins"
When their lordships asked Bacon How many bribes he had taken He had at least the grace To get very red in the face.Edmund Clerihew Bentley
The art of Biography Is different from Geography. Geography is about Maps, But Biography is about Chaps.Edmund Clerihew Bentley
What I like about Clive Is that he is no longer alive. There is a great deal to be said For being dead.Edmund Clerihew Bentley
Sir Christopher Wren said,'I am going to dine with some men. If anybody calls Say I am designing St Paul's.'Edmund Clerihew Bentley
Sir Humphrey Davy Abominated gravy. He lived in the odium Of having discovered sodium.Edmund Clerihew Bentley
John Stuart Mill, By a mighty effort of will, Overcame his natural bonhomie And wrote'Principles of Political Economy'.Edmund Clerihew Bentley
Henry the Eighth Took a thuctheththion of mateth. He inthithted that the monkth Were a lathy lot of thkunkth.Edmund Clerihew Bentley
George the Third Ought never to have occurred. One can only wonder At so grotesque a blunder.Edmund Clerihew Bentley
I can only say that you must have totally renounced all trust in the operations of the human reason; an attitude which, while it is bad Christianity and also infernal nonsense, is oddly enough bad Positivism too, unless I misunderstand that system.Edmund Clerihew Bentley
There are some places which, seen for the first time, yet seem to strike a chord of recollection. "I have been here before," we think to ourselves, "and this is one of my true homes." It is no mystery for those philosophers who hold that all which we shall see, with all which we have seen and are seeing, exists already in an eternal now; that all those places are home to us which in the pattern of our life are twisting, in past, present and future, tendrils of remembrance round our heart-strings.Edmund Clerihew Bentley
That is almost the definition of any friendship that is worthwhile — that we don't care a damn how you behave yourself.Edmund Clerihew Bentley
He was less afraid of gentlemen than of most other kinds of men; for instinct told him that, however detestable a gentleman's personal character might be, he was usually not inclined to be censorious or even inquisitive about the conduct of his fellow-creatures.Edmund Clerihew Bentley
I know, if anyone does — all research workers know — how much is missed that really matters because reports have to be written in officialese. They have to be, because a lot of us can't take anything seriously unless you make it dull for them.Edmund Clerihew Bentley
And as for that low, velvety voice of hers, if she asked me to murder my best friend I should have to do it on the spot.Edmund Clerihew Bentley
Is it a cosmic law, d'you think, that conceited men's hats are always too small?Edmund Clerihew Bentley
[S]he had a singular spaciousness of mind in which nothing little or mean could live.Edmund Clerihew Bentley
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