A. P. Herbert Quotes

Sir Alan Patrick Herbert CH (24 September 1890 – 11 November 1971), also known as A. P. Herbert or simply A. P. H., was an English humorist, novelist, playwright and law reform activist who served as an independent Member of Parliament (MP) for Oxford University from the 1935 general election to the 1950 general election, when university constituencies were abolished

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A. P. Herbert


The concept of two people living together for 25 years without a serious dispute suggests a lack of spirit only to be admired in sheep.

A. P. Herbert


This high official, all allow, is grossly overpaid; there wasn't any Board, and now there isn't any Trade.

A. P. Herbert


People must not do things for fun. We are not here for fun. There is no reference to fun in any Act of Parliament.

A. P. Herbert


An Englishman never enjoys himself, except for a noble purpose.

A. P. Herbert


The Englishman never enjoys himself except for a noble purpose.

A. P. Herbert


The Common Law of England has been laboriously built about a mythical figure-the figure of 'The Reasonable Man'.

A. P. Herbert


There is no reason why a joke should not be appreciated more than once. Imagine how little good music there would be if, for example, a conductor refused to play Beethoven's Fifth Symphony on the ground that his audience might have heard it before.

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I am sure that the party system is right and necessary. There must be some scum.

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The portions of a woman which appeal to man's depravity Are constructed with considerable care.

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Don't let's go to the dogs tonight, For mother will be there.

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As my poor father used to say In 1963, Once people start on all this Art Goodbye, moralitee! And what my father used to say Is good enough for me.

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aven, I have given up smoking again!... God! I feel fit. Homicidal, but fit. A different man. Irritable, moody, depressed, rude, nervy, perhaps; but the lungs are fine.

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Justice should be cheap but judges expensive.

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An act of God was defined as something which no reasonable man could have expected.

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Let's find out what everyone is doing, And then stop everyone from doing it.

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