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Beatrice Webb

  • All along the line, physically, mentally, morally, alcohol is a weakening and deadening force ...

  • Beneath the surface of our daily life, in the personal history of many of us, there runs a continuous controversy between an Ego that affirms and an Ego that denies.

  • Religion is love; in no case is it logic.

  • It would be curious to discover who it is to whom one writes in a diary. Possibly to some mysterious personification of one's own identity.

  • ... the possession of wealth, and especially the inheritance of wealth, seems almost invariably to sterilize genius.

  • So much perfection argues rottenness somewhere.

  • Are all Cabinets congeries of little autocrats with a super-autocrat presiding over them?

  • The middle man governs, however extreme may seem to be the men who sit on the Front Bench, in their reactionary or revolutionary opinions.

  • If I ever felt inclined to be scared going into a room full of people I would say to myself, 'You're the cleverest member of one of the cleverest families in the cleverest class of the cleverest nation of the world, so what have you got to be frightened of?

    • Beatrice Webb,
    • in David A. Shannon, ed., Beatrice Webb's American Diary ()
  • ... we have not been impressed with any attribute of the Senate other than its appearance and manners. We have heard the best speakers: they all fire off speeches which deal with the entire subject in general terms and which do not attempt to debate, to answer opponents' arguments or offer new points for discussion. And the speeches are constantly degenerating into empty rhetoric; they abound in quotations from well-known authors or from their own former speeches.

    • Beatrice Webb,
    • 1898, in David A. Shannon, ed., Beatrice Webb's American Diary ()
  • ... Harris had the egotistical dogmatism of the self-made man who had painfully educated himself without contact with superior brains.

    • Beatrice Webb,
    • 1898, in David A. Shannon, ed., Beatrice Webb's American Diary ()
  • The interruptions of the telephone seem to us to waste half the life of the ordinary American engaged in public or private business; he has seldom half an hour consecutively at his own disposal — a telephone is a veritable time scatterer.

    • Beatrice Webb,
    • 1898, in David A. Shannon, ed., Beatrice Webb's American Diary ()

Beatrice Webb, English reformer, sociologist, economist, historian, writer

(1858 - 1943)

Full name: Martha Beatrice Potter Webb, Baroness Passfield.