My importance to the world is relatively small. On the other hand, my importance to myself is tremendous. I am all I have to work with, to play with, to suffer and to enjoy. It is not the eyes of others that I am wary of, but of my own. I do not intend to let myself down more than I can possibly help, and I find that the fewer illusions I have about myself or the world around me, the better company I am for myself.
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I've sometimes thought of marrying, and then I've thought again.
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I have a memory like an elephant. In fact, elephants often consult me.
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The higher the building the lower the morals.
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Extraordinary how potent cheap music is.
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There's always something fishy about the French.
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I have always paid income tax. I object only when it reaches a stage when I am threatened with having nothing left for my old age -- which is due to start next Tuesday or Wednesday.
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That strange feeling we had in the war. Have you found anything in your lives since to equal it in strength? A sort of splendid carelessness it was, holding us together.
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Wit ought to be a glorious treat like caviar; never spread it about like marmalade.
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Work is more fun than fun.
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Coward, Noel

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