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Norah Bentinck

  • Wonderful, mysterious, grand, clever old England, who keeps the Ritz Hotel front-door closed on Sundays and the side-door open!

  • But of all the 'cracies — Democracy, Plutocracy, Autocracy, Aristocracy, and Bureaucracy — it is the last one at whose door must lie the largest portion of the harm done in our day.

  • Politics and religion mixed is the headiest cock-tail ever invented. That it is a mixture cannot, I fear, be controverted. It is very, very old.

  • Highly concentrated clericalism is always autocratic.

  • ... keeping chickens seems to me like pouring water into a bottomless well. The brutes are insatiable; and it is always 'Time to feed the chickens.'

  • Jesuits are renowned for their brains, and have a very long and severe training — part of which is to teach them to be attractive. They rather terrify me and make me feel that they are surreptitiously giving me a spiritual anaesthetic prior to committing an operation upon my soul.

  • Nothing makes one feel clumsier than speaking a foreign tongue badly.

Norah Bentinck, English writer

(1881 - 1939)

Full name: Lady Norah Ida Emily Noel Bentinck.