Quotes – Arthur Christopher Benson

Arthur Christopher Benson

Arthur Christopher Benson (24 April 1862 – 17 June 1925) was an English essayist, poet, and author[1] and the 28th Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge. His poems and volumes of essays, such as From a College Window, and The Upton Letters (essays in the form of letters) were famous in his day; and he left one of the longest diaries ever written, some four million words. Extracts from the diaries are printed in Edwardian Excursions. From the Diaries of A.C. Benson, 1898–1904, ed. David Newsome, London : John Murray, 1981. Today, he is best remembered as the author of the words of one of Britain’s best-loved patriotic songs, Land of Hope and Glory, and as a brother of novelists E. F. Benson and Robert Hugh Benson, and of Egyptologist Margaret Benson.

“Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.” Arthur Christopher Benson

“The worst sorrows in life are not in its losses and misfortunes, but its fears.” Arthur Christopher Benson

“When you get to my age life seems little more than one long march to and from the lavatory.” Arthur Christopher Benson

“The awful penalty of success is the haunting dread of subsequent failure.” Arthur Christopher Benson


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