A professional is a man who can do his job when he doesn't feel like it; an amateur is one who can't when he does feel like it.
Ego, p. 303, September 17, 1933.
Happy is the country which has no history, and happier still is that musical comedyabout which one can find nothing to say.James Agate
She had a heart as big as Waterloo Station.James Agate
Your Englishman, confronted by something abnormal will always pretend that it isn't there. If he can't pretend that, he will look through the object, or round it, or above it or below it, or in any direction except into it. If, however, you force him to look into it, he will at once pretend that he sees the object not for what it is but for something that he would like it to be.James Agate
Shaw's plays are the price we pay for Shaw’s prefaces.James Agate
Perhaps, after all, there is something in the theory that only the ultra-busy can find time for everything.James Agate
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…My mind is not a bed to be made and re-made.James Agate
The worst of failure in this kind is that it spoils the market for more competent performers.James Agate
I like listening to it just as I like looking at a fuchsia drenched with rain.James Agate
The producer. This is a person engaged by the management to conceal the fact that the players cannot act.James Agate