Beatrice Webb Quotes


Author Profession: Sociologist

Nationality: British

Born: January 2, 1858

Died: April 30, 1943

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

Beatrice Webb

Drinking, Alcohol, Lines

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

Ordinary, Half, Waste

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

Beatrice Webb

Men, Benches, May

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.

Beatrice Webb

Writing, Identity, Would Be

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

Beatrice Webb

Government, Littles, Cabinets

That part of the Englishman’s nature which has found gratification in religion is now drifting into political life.

Beatrice Webb

Political, Found, Drifting

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

Fire, Answers, Speech

If a weakly mortal is to do anything in the world besides eat the bread thereof, there must be a determined subordination of the whole nature to the one aim no trifling with time, which is passing, with strength which is only too limited.

Beatrice Webb

Nature, Demise, World

Harris had the egotistical dogmatism of the self-made man who had painfully educated himself without contact with superior brains.

Beatrice Webb

Education, Men, Self

Nature still obstinately refuses to co-operate by making the rich people innately superior to the poor people.

Beatrice Webb

People, Wealth, Rich

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

Beatrice Webb

Genius, Inheritance, Wealth

Religion is love; in no case is it logic.

Beatrice Webb

Love, Women, Religion

. . . if I had been a man, self-respect, family pressure and the public opinion of my class would have pushed me into a money-making profession; as a mere woman I could carve out a career of disinterested research.

Beatrice Webb

Men, Class, Careers

Work is the best of narcotics, providing the patient be strong enough to take it. I dread idleness as if it were Hell.

Beatrice Webb

Strong, Fear, Patient

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.

Beatrice Webb

Running, Ego, Personal History

At present I feel like a caged animal, bound up by the luxury, comfort and respectability of my position. I can’t get the training that I want without neglecting my duty.

Beatrice Webb

Animal, Luxury, Training

If I ever felt inclined to be timid as I was going into a room hill 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 in the world-why should you be frightened?

Beatrice Webb

Fear, Class, People

Renunciation – that is the great fact we all, individuals and classes, have to learn. In trying to avoid it we bring misery to ourselves and others.

Beatrice Webb

Class, Trying, Facts