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James Hilton

Dátum narodenia: 9. september 1900
Dátum úmrtia: 20. december 1954

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Citáty James Hilton


„Charita je hlavnou cnosťou a najväčším putom, ktorým prichádza požehnanie k ľudstvu, a je to moc, ktorá spája ľudí a inšpiruje ich k ušľachtilým snahám.“

„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)“


„The first quarter-century of your life was doubtless lived under the cloud of being too young for things, while the last quarter-century would normally be shadowed by the still darker cloud of being too old for them; and between those two clouds, what small and narrow sunlight illumines a human lifetime!“ Lost Horizon

„Miss Brinklow, however, was not yet to be sidetracked. "What do the lamas do?" she continued.

"They devote themselves, madam, to contemplation and to the pursuit of wisdom."

"But that isn't doing anything."

"Then, madam, they do nothing.“
Lost Horizon

„It is significant..... that the English regard slackness as a vice. We, on the other hand, should vastly prefer it to tension. Is there not too much tension in the world at present, and might it not be better if more people were slackers?“ Lost Horizon

„We have reason. It is the entire meaning and purpose of Shangri-La. It came to me in a vision long, long ago. I foresaw a time when man exalting in the technique of murder, would rage so hotly over the world, that every book, every treasure would be doomed to destruction. This vision was so vivid and so moving that I determined to gather together all things of beauty and culture that I could and preserve them here against the doom toward which the world is rushing. Look at the world today. Is there anything more pitiful? What madness there is! What blindness! A scurrying mass of bewildered humanity crashing headlong against each other. The time must come, my friend, when brutality and the lust for power must perish by its own sword. For when that day comes, the world must begin to look for a new life. And it is our hope that they may find it here.“ Lost Horizon