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J. B. Priestley Quotes
Brief author info: J. B. Priestley (1894- ) English novelist, playwright, essayist.
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Already we Viewers, when not viewing, have begun to whisper to one another that the more we elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.
To me there is in happiness an element of self-forgetfulness. You lose yourself in something outside yourself when you are happy; just as when you are desperately miserable you are intensely conscious of yourself, are a solid little lump of ego weighing a ton.
Production goes up and up because high pressure advertising and salesmanship constantly create new needs that must be satisfied: this is Admass- a consumer's race with donkeys chasing an electric carrot.
California, that advance post of our civilisation, with its huge aircraft factories, TV and film studios, automobile way of life... its flavourless cosmopolitanism, its charlatan philosophies and religions, its lack of anything old and well-tried, rooted in tradition and character.
We should like to have some towering geniuses, to reveal us to ourselves in colour and fire, but of course they would have to fit into the pattern of our society and be able to take orders from sound administrative types.
Sometimes you might think the machines we worship make all the chief appointments, promoting the human beings who seem closest to them.
We cannot get grace from gadgets. In the bakelite house of the future, the dishes may not break, but the heart can.
To show a child what has once delighted you, to find the child's delight added to your own, so that there is now a double delight seen in the glow of trust and affection, this is happiness.
We cannot get grace from gadgets.
The more we elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.
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