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James Hilton

Datum narození: 9. září 1900
Datum úmrtí: 20. prosinec 1954

James Hilton byl slavný anglický romanopisec první poloviny 20. století.


„Klepy jsou pravý důvod k žárlivosti, nevěra je až druhořadá.“

„Muž může být v lásce šťastný, jen když se udržuje na jejím povrchu. Uklouznou-li mu nohy a spadne do ní po hlavě, utone.“


„Láska je spíše břemenem života, než jeho ulehčením.“

„Žárlivá žena jen dokazuje, že nezná svého muže natolik, aby věděla, že vlastně nemá nač žárlit.“

„Zamilovaní lidé nevidí daleko, protože vidí jen sebe; to znamená, že si nevidí dál než na špičku nosu.“

„People make mistakes in life through believing too much, but they have a damned dull time if they believe too little.“ Lost Horizon

„The right mixture of caring and not caring - I suppose that's what love is.“ Nothing So Strange

„Have you ever been going somewhere with a crowd and you're certain it's the wrong road and you tell them, but they won't listen, so you just have to plod along in what you know is the wrong direction till somebody more important gets the same idea?“ Random Harvest


„if we have not found the heaven within, we have not found the heaven without“ Lost Horizon

„There's only one thing more important... and that is, after you've done what you set out to do, to feel that it's been worth doing.“ Random Harvest

„We believe that to govern perfectly it is necessary to avoid governing too much.“ Lost Horizon

„But now I’m beginning to care again—a little—and it hurts—it’s really more convenient not to have any hopes and fears.“ The Definitive James Hilton Collection


„Is there not too much tension in the world at present, and might it not be better if more people were slackers?“ Lost Horizon

„If I could put it into a very few words, dear sir, I should say that our prevalent belief is in moderation. We inculcate the virtue of avoiding excesses of all kinds—even including, if you will pardon the paradox, excess of virtue itself.“ Lost Horizon

„What a host of little incidents, all deep-buried in the past -- problems that had once been urgent, arguments that had once been keen, anecdotes that were funny only because one remembered the fun. Did any emotion really matter when the last trace of it had vanished from human memory; and if that were so, what a crowd of emotions clung to him as to their last home before annihilation? He must be kind to them, must treasure them in his mind before their long sleep.“ Good-Bye, Mr. Chips

„Laziness in doing stupid things can be a great virtue
Chang - Lost Horizon (1933)“

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