Alan Patrick Herbert

Nationality : British
Birth : 24th September, 1890
Death : 11th November, 1971
About : He was born in Ashtead, Surrey, to Patrick Herbert, a civil servant, and Beatrice Herbert, née Selwyn. His mother died when he was seven years old. He had two younger brothers; both were killed in battle—one in 1914 and the other in 1941. He was educated at Winchester College and New College, Oxford, obtaining a first class honours degree in jurisprudence. He was called to the bar by the Inner Temple in 1919, but never practised. He served in the Royal Navy during the First World War. He served at Gallipoli and was mentioned in dispatches. He drew on that experience for his novel The Secret Battle, published in 1919. During the Second World War, in addition to his parliamentary duties he served in the Royal Navy on patrol-boats in the Thames. He may have been the first serving Member of Parliament to serve in the Royal Navy without being an officer: he was Petty Officer Herbert from 1940 to 1945. In 1935, with the aid of Frank Pakenham, he became an Independent Member of Parliament for Oxford University, from where he was returned until the University seats were abolished in 1950. He was sent to Newfoundland and Labrador in 1943 with Derrick Gunston and Charles Ammon as part of a Parliamentary Commission to investigate the future of the dominion, and supported the cause of independence over confederation as a result. He was knighted in 1945 in Winston Churchill's Resignation Honours. He wrote eight novels, including The Water Gypsies (1930), and 15 plays, including the light opera Tantivy Towers, and the comedy Bless the Bride (1947), which ran for two and a quarter years in London. He was the author of the lyrics of the patriotic song Song of Liberty, set in 1940 to the music of Edward Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4.

Alan Patrick Herbert Quotes

A high-brow is someone who looks at a sausage and thinks of Picasso.
An act of God was defined as something which no reasonable man could have expected.
An Englishman never enjoys himself, except for a noble purpose.
And when you rub the ball on rump or belly, Remember what it looks like on the telly.
As my poor father used to say In1863, Once people start on all this Art Goodbye, moralitee!
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Don’t let’s go to the dogs tonight, For mother will be there.
Don’t let’s go to the dogs tonight For mother will be there.
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Don’t tell my mother I’m living in sin, Don’t let the old folks know.
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Elderly gentlemen, gentle in all respects, kind to animals, beloved by children, and fond of music, are found in lonely corners of the downs, hacking at sandpits or tussocks of grass, and muttering in a blind, ungovernable fury elaborate maledictions which could not be extracted from them by robbery or murder. Men who would face torture without a word become blasphemous at the short fourteenth. It is clear that the game of golf may well be included in that category of intolerable provocations which may legally excuse or mitigate behavior not otherwise excusable.
For Kings and Governments may err But never Mr Baedeker.
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Holy Deadlock.
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I am sure that the party system is right and necessary. there must be some scum.
It may be life, but ain’t it slow?
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It’s hard to say why writing verse/ Should terminate in drink or worse.
Let’s find out what everyone is doing And then stop everyone from doing it.
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Milord, in that case an Act of God was defined as ‘something which no reasonable man could have expected’.
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Not huffy or stuffy, nor tiny or tall, But fluffy, just fluffy, with no brains at all.
Nothing is wasted, nothing is in vain: The seas roll over but the rocks remain.
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Nothing is wasted, nothing is in vain; The seas roll over but the rocks remain.
Other people’s babies – / That’s my life! / Mother to dozens, / And nobody’s wife.
Other people’s babies— That’s my life! Mother to dozens, And nobody’s wife.
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People must not do things for fun. We are not here for fun. There is no reference to fun in any act of Parliament.
The Common Law of England has been laboriously built about a mythical figure—the figure of  ‘The Reasonable Man’.
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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.
The critical period in matrimony is breakfast-time.
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The critical period of matrimony is breakfast-time.
The Englishman never enjoys himself except for a noble purpose.
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This high official, all allow, is grossly overpaid; there wasn’t any Board, and now there isn’t any Trade.
Well, fancy giving money to the Government! Might as well have put it down the drain.

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