Long experience has taught me that in England nobody goes to the theatre unless he or she has bronchitis.
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 AgateEgo (1935), p. 247, October 14, 1932.
Shaw's plays are the price we pay for Shaw’s prefaces.James AgateEgo, p. 276, March 10, 1933.
Perhaps, after all, there is something in the theory that only the ultra-busy can find time for everything.James AgateEgo 4 (1940), p. 139, November 13, 1939.
The worst of failure in this kind is that it spoils the market for more competent performers.James AgateEgo 7 (1945), p. 153, July 21, 1944.
I like listening to it just as I like looking at a fuchsia drenched with rain.James AgateEgo 8 (1947), p. 255, November 25, 1945
The producer. This is a person engaged by the management to conceal the fact that the players cannot act.James AgateEgo 6, p. 199, June 26, 1943.
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