Born at Wyberslegh Hall, High Lane
, Cheshire in North West England
, Isherwood spent his childhood in various towns where his father, a Lieutenant-Colonel in the British Army
, was stationed. After his father was killed in the First World War, he settled with his mother and his younger brother, Richard, in London and at Wyberslegh.
Isherwood attended preparatory school
, St. Edmund's
, Surrey, where he first met W. H. Auden
Horror is always aware of its cause; terror never is. That is precisely what makes terror terrifying.
California is a tragic country — like Palestine, like every Promised Land. Its short history is a fever-chart of migrations — the land rush, the gold rush, the oil rush, the movie rush, the Okie fruit-picking rush, the wartime rush to the aircraft factories — followed, in each instance, by counter-migrations of the disappointed and unsuccessful, moving sorrowfully homeward.
The paternalist is a sentimentalist at heart, and the sentimentalist is always potentially cruel.
I often feel that worse than the most fiendish Nazis were those Germans who went along with the persecution of the Jews not because they really disliked them but because it was the thing.
I'll bet Shakespeare compromised himself a lot; anybody who's in the entertainment industry does to some extent.
I'm horrified to find, as I look at these diaries of twenty-five years ago or more, that I don't remember who the people were. "Bill and Tony were constantly in and out. We went to La Jolla" — or something. I haven't the bluest idea who they were!
I feel it's so easy to condemn this country [the United States]; but they don't understand that this is where the mistakes are being made — and made first, so that we're going to get the answers first.