Micawber Quotes (1 quote)
Andrade [who was looking after wartime inventions] is like an inverted Micawber, waiting for something to turn down.
As quoted by C.P. Snow in his Lectures at Harvard University (1960), in which he spoke extensively about Henry Tizard. Collected in print as Science and Government (1960), 6. Snow gave this quote to exemplify what he called Tizard's lively satirical tongue, but Tizard probably did not originate the epigram. The article 'A Spectator's Notebook' The Spectator (21 Dec 1944), 4, states it was coined by Philip Guedalla, unless, indeed, which is unlikely, it goes back farther still. As early as during the first World War, Guedalla applied it to the Inventions Board under Lord Fisher, sitting in an office in Cockspur Street, and waiting like a kind of inverted Mr. Micawber, for something to turn down. Webmaster assumes Tizard's quote refers to Edward Neville da Costa Andrade, also a wartime science consultant.