M. R. James Quotes (4 quotes)
“I heard one cry in the night, and I heard one laugh afterwards. If I cannot forget that, I shall not be able to sleep again.”
―M. R. James
Count Magnus, from Ghost Stories of an Antiquary (1904); The Collected Ghost Stories of M. R. James (London: Edward Arnold, 1947) p. 111.
“There was a man sitting or kneeling on Sampson's window-sill, and looking in, and I thought he was beckoning…He looked as if he was wet all over: and, he said, looking round and whispering as if he hardly liked to hear himself, I'm not at all sure that he was alive.”
―M. R. James
A School Story, from More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary (1911); The Collected Ghost Stories of M. R. James (London: Edward Arnold, 1947) p. 188.
“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”
―Franklin D. Roosevelt
Second Inaugural Address (20 January 1937)
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
"The Beauty of Life," a lecture before the Birmingham Society of Arts and School of Design (19 February 1880)
“They who lack talent expect things to happen without effort. They ascribe failure to a lack of inspiration or ability, or to misfortune, rather than to insufficient application. At the core of every true talent there is an awareness of the difficulties inherent in any achievement, and the confidence that by persistence and patience something worthwhile will be realized. Thus talent is a species of vigor.”
Between the Devil and the Dragon: The Best Essays and Aphorisms of Eric Hoffer (Harper & Row, 1982), p. 67
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Picture Source: WikipediaM. R. James
Born: August 1, 1862
Bio: Montague Rhodes James OM, MA, who used the publication name M. R. James, was an English mediaeval scholar and provost of King's College, Cambridge, and of Eton College. He is best remembered for his ghost stories, which are regarded as among the best in the genre.