"We should like to have some towering geniuses, to reveal us to ourselves in colour and fire, but of course they would have to fit into the pattern of our society and be able to take orders from sound administrative types."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."J. B. Priestley on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."J. B. Priestley on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."J. B. Priestley on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."J. B. Priestley on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."J. B. Priestley on Mahatma Gandhi
"We pay when old for the excesses of youth."
"There was no respect for youth when I was young, and now that I am old, there is no respect for age, I missed it coming and going."
"Living in an age of advertisement, we are perpetually disillusioned. The perfect life is spread before us every day, but it changes and withers at a touch."
"The greatest writers of this age... are aware of the mystery of our existence."
"The more we elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate."