A. P. Herbert

  • English statesman
  • Born September 24, 1890
  • Died November 11, 1971

Sir Alan Patrick Herbert CH (24 September 1890 – 11 November 1971), usually known as A. P. Herbert or simply A. P. H., was an English humorist, novelist, playwright and law reform activist who served as an Independent Member of Parliament (MP) for Oxford University from the 1935 general election to the 1950 general election, when university constituencies were abolished. Born in Ashtead, Surrey, Herbert attended Winchester College and New College, Oxford, graduating with a first in Jurisprudence in 1914.

An Englishman never enjoys himself, except for a noble purpose.

This high official, all allow, is grossly overpaid; there wasn't any Board, and now there isn't any Trade.

I am sure that the party system is right and necessary. There must be some scum.

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 of matrimony is breakfast-time.

The Englishman never enjoys himself except for a noble purpose.

People must not do things for fun. We are not here for fun. There is no reference to fun in any Act of Parliament.

A high-brow is someone who looks at a sausage and thinks of Picasso.