James Agate

1877 - 1947

A Quote by James Agate on experience

Long experience has taught me that in England nobody goes to the theatre unless he or she has bronchitis.

James Agate (1877 - 1947)

Source: Ego

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A Quote by James Agate on facts and management

Theatre director: a person engaged by the management to conceal the fact that the players cannot act.

James Agate (1877 - 1947)

Source: Attributed.

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A Quote by James Agate on resolution and time

New Year's Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time.

James Agate (1877 - 1947)

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A Quote by James Agate on acting and argument

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. I know what I think about an actor or an actress, and am not interested in what anybody else thinks.

James Agate (1877 - 1947)

Source: "The Selective Ego," Ego, entry for 9 June 1943.

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A Quote by James Agate on sex

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The Englishman can get along with sex quite perfectly so long as he can pretend that it isn't sex but something else.

James Agate (1877 - 1947)

Source: "The Selective Ego," in Ego, ed. Tim Beaumont, 1976, Entry for 14 Oct. 1932.

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A Quote by James Agate on egotism and force

Your Englishman, confronted by something abnormal will always pretend that it isn't there. If, however, you force him to look into it, he'll at once pretend that he sees the object not for what it is but for something that he would like it to be. "The Selective Ego," Ego, entry for 14 Oct 1932.

James Agate (1877 - 1947)

Source: "The Selective Ego," Ego, entry for 14 Oct 1932.

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A Quote by James Agate on pity

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Don't pity me now, don't pity me never; I'm going to do nothing for ever and ever.

James Agate (1877 - 1947)

Source: "A Charwoman's Epitaph," in Ego, 14 March 1933.

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A Quote by James Agate on mind

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My mind is not a bed to be made and remade.

James Agate (1877 - 1947)

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A Quote by James Agate on admiration, modesty, and talent

The English instinctively admire any man who has no talent and is modest about it.

James Agate (1877 - 1947)

Source: The Cynic's Lexicon, ed. Jonathan Green, 1984.

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A Quote by James Agate on competence, failure, and kindness

The worst of failure of this kind is that it spoils the market for more competent performers.

James Agate (1877 - 1947)

Source: On the bungled attempt to assassinate Hitler; Ego, 21 Jul 1944.

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