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“You cannot argue stupidity, you just have to accept it patiently as one of those things.”
Nevil Shute, Round the Bend
“It's not the end of the world at all," he said. "It's only the end for us. The world will go on just the same, only we shan't be in it. I dare say it will get along all right without us.”
Nevil Shute, On the Beach
“She looked at him in wonder. "Do people think of me like that? I only did what anybody could have done."
"That's as it may be," he replied. "The fact is, that you did it.”
Nevil Shute, A Town Like Alice
“Without work men are utterly undone”
Nevil Shute, Ruined City
tags: labor
“I'm glad we haven't got newspapers now. It's been much nicer without them.”
Nevil Shute, On the Beach
“I know you've taken risks to do these things. Do Please be careful."
"Don't worry about me," he said. "You've got enough troubles on your own plate, my word. But we'll come out all right, so long as we just keep alive, that's all we got to do. Just keep alive another two years, till the war's over.”
Nevil Shute, A Town Like Alice
“If what they say is right we're none of us going to have time to do all that we planned to do. But we can keep on doing it as long as we can.”
Nevil Shute, On the Beach
“You know," he said, "now that I've got used to the idea, I think I'd rather have it this way. We've all got to die one day, some sooner and some later. The trouble always has been that you're never ready, because you don't know when it's coming. Well, now we do know, and there's nothing to be done about it. I kind of like that. I kind of like the thought that I'll be fit and well up till the end of August and then - home. I'd rather have it that way than go on as a sick manfrom when I'm seventy to when I'm ninety.”
Nevil Shute, On the Beach
“There's no dignity, no decency, or health today for men that haven't got a job. All other things depend on work today.”
Nevil Shute, Ruined City
“It's not the end of the world at all,' he said. 'It's only the end of us. The world will go on just the same, only we shan't be in it. I dare say it will get along all right without us”
Nevil Shute, On the Beach
“Security was now a thing of the past though it took a conscious effort to remember it; with no enemy in all the world there was little but the force of habit in it.”
Nevil Shute, On the Beach
“The thing most worth doing in this modern world [is to] create jobs that men can work at, and be proud of, and make money by their work.”
Nevil Shute, Ruined City
“You can only do a thing for the first time once, and that goes for falling in love.”
Nevil Shute, Round the Bend
“I never was in such a horrid office . . . It's not very nice to be where people are being swindled all day long, is it?”
Nevil Shute, Ruined City
tags: fraud
“Here they go cruising for a fortnight up in parts where everyone is dead of radiation, and all that they can catch is measles!”
Nevil Shute, On the Beach
“Some games are fun even when you lose. Even when you know you're going to lose before you start. It's fun just playing them.”
Nevil Shute, On the Beach
“You could have done something with newspapers. We didn't do it. No nation did, because we were all too silly. We liked our newspapers with pictures of beach girls and headlines about cases of indecent assault, and no Government was wise enough to stop us having them that way. But something might have been done with newspapers, if we'd been wise enough.”
Nevil Shute, On the Beach


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