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By Anonym 13 Sep

A. N. Wilson

I had lost faith in biography.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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The Royal Family are not like you and me. They live in houses so big that you can walk round all day and never need to meet your spouse. The Queen and Prince Philip have never shared a bedroom in their lives. They don't even have breakfast together.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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I'm not saying all publishers have to be literary, but some interest in books would help.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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The fact that logic cannot satisfy us awakens an almost insatiable hunger for the irrational.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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I'm like Jane Austen - I work on the corner of the dining table.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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Fear of death has never played a large part in my consciousness - perhaps unimaginative of me.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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As Hitler himself later enunciated, it matters not how idiotic the creed, what matters is the firmness with which it is enunciated.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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I wanted passionately to be a priest.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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It would no doubt be very sentimental to argue - but I would argue it nevertheless - that the peculiar combination of joy and sadness in bell music - both of clock chimes, and of change-ringing - is very typical of England. It is of a piece with the irony in which English people habitually address one another.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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Iris Murdoch did influence my early novels very much, and influence is never entirely good.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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In universities and intellectual circles, academics can guarantee themselves popularity - or, which is just as satisfying, unpopularity - by being opinionated rather than by being learned.

By Anonym 20 Sep

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When I left this country, the best part of forty years ago, England still seemed to have a soul. It had pulled together after the war and committed itself to a welfare system …" "Jesus, it was the welfare system which drained this fucking country of its soul—can't you see that? The dependency culture destroyed any sense of having to do something for yourself.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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Brain power improves by brain use, just as our bodily strength grows with exercise. And there is no doubt that a large proportion of the female population, from school days to late middle age, now have very complicated lives indeed.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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Tennyson seems to be the patron saint of the wishy washies, which is perhaps why I admire him so much, not only as a poet, but as a man.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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The really clever people now want to be lawyers or journalists.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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I think I became a Catholic to annoy my father.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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On the rare occasions when I spend a night in Oxford, the keeping of the hours by the clock towers in New College, and Merton, and the great booming of Tom tolling 101 times at 9 pm at Christ Church are inextricably interwoven with memories and regrets and lost joys. The sound almost sends me mad, so intense are the feelings it evokes.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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It is hard to think of anything which more tragically and clearly exemplifies the phenomenon of good political intentions achieving the precise opposite of their aim.

By Anonym 14 Sep

A. N. Wilson

I was once naïve enough to ask the late Duke of Devonshire why he liked the town of Eastbourne. He replied with a self-deprecating shrug that one of the things he liked was that he owned it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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It is remarkable how easily children and grown-ups adapt to living in a dictatorship organised by lunatics.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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My kind publishers, Toby Mundy and Margaret Stead of Atlantic Books, have commissioned me to write the life of Queen Victoria.

By Anonym 13 Sep

A. N. Wilson

IQ in general has improved since tests first began. Psychologists think that this is because modern life becomes ever more complicated.

By Anonym 14 Sep

A. N. Wilson

I think that if you can't be loyal to the Church, it's best to get out.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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It is the woman - nearly always - in spite of all the advances of modern feminism, who still takes responsibility for the bulk of the chores, as well as doing her paid job. This is true even in households where men try to be unselfish and to do their share.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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Everyone writes in Tolstoy's shadow, whether one feels oneself to be Tolstoyan or not.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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If you imagine writing 1,000 words a day, which most journalists do, that would be a very long book a year.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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I think one of the very frightening things about the regime of the National Socialists is that it made people happy.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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I am shy to admit that I have followed the advice given all those years ago by a wise archbishop to a bewildered young man: that moments of unbelief 'don't matter,' that if you return to a practice of the faith, faith will return.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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Nearly all monster stories depend for their success on Jack killing the Giant, Beowulf or St. George slaying the Dragon, Harry Potter triumphing over the basilisk. That is their inner grammar, and the whole shape of the story leads towards it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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I do not find it easy to articulate thoughts about religion. I remain the sort of person who turns off 'Thought for the Day' when it comes on the radio.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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This book has been a catalogue of mistakes by politicians, moral and practical disasters which led to wars, enslavement and wretchedness on a scale which no previous age could have dreaded or dreamed of.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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In general, Hitler embodied the view of any popular newspaper.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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When Christians start thinking about Jesus, things start breaking down, they lose their faith. It's perfectly possible to go to church every Sunday and not ask any questions, just because you like it as a way of life. They fear that if they ask questions they'll lose their Christ, the very linchpin of their religion.

By Anonym 20 Sep

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When I left this country, the best part of forty years ago, England still seemed to have a soul. It had pulled together after the war and committed itself to a welfare system …" "Jesus, it was the welfare system which drained this fucking country of its soul—can't you see that? The dependency culture destroyed any sense of having to do something for yourself. Do you think those violent, criminal bastards in your parish would have time to be muggers if they had ever been made to work?

By Anonym 14 Sep

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The death of any man aged 56 is very sad for his widow and family. And no one would deny that Steve Jobs was a brilliant and highly innovative technician, with great business flair and marketing ability.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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Millions of Christians can and do go through life attending church, listening to sermons, reciting the creeds and never confront the seeming contradictions, redaction and myths passed off as verifiable history.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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We, while noting many things amiss about Victorian society, more often sense them judging us.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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My belief has come about in large measure because of the lives and examples of people I have known - not the famous, not saints, but friends and relations who have lived, and faced death, in the light of the Resurrection story, or in the quiet acceptance that they have a future after they die.

By Anonym 15 Sep

A. N. Wilson

We cannot hope for a society in which formal organized religion dies out. But we can stop behaving as if it was worthy of our collective respect.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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I believe the collapse of the House of Windsor is tied in with the collapse of the Church of England.

By Anonym 13 Sep

A. N. Wilson

In the 18th century, James Hargreaves invented the Spinning Jenny, and Richard Arkwright pioneered the water-propelled spinning frame which led to the mass production of cotton. This was truly revolutionary. The cotton manufacturers created a whole new class of people - the urban proletariat. The structure of society itself would never be the same.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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We tell ourselves that God is dead, when what we mean is that God is Dad, and we wish him dead.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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A busybody's work is never done.

By Anonym 14 Sep

A. N. Wilson

It is eerie being all but alone in Westminster Abbey. Without the tourists, there are only the dead, many of them kings and queens. They speak powerfully and put my thoughts into vivid perspective.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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I don't think you can tell the objective truth about a person. That's why people write novels.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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I might be deceiving myself but I do not think that I do have an inordinate fear of death.

By Anonym 13 Sep

A. N. Wilson

I should prefer to have a politician who regularly went to a massage parlour than one who promised a laptop computer for every teacher.

By Anonym 14 Sep

A. N. Wilson

One symptom of his (Hitler) being strangely at variance with reality, or the nature of things,was his gift for wearing inappropriate of ludicrous clothing...When he was supposed to be starting a militaristic revolution he was wearing evening dress and an ill-fitting black tailcoat...and his army medals.

By Anonym 13 Sep

A. N. Wilson

I suppose if I'd got a brilliant first and done research I might still be a don today, but I hope not. People become dons because they are incapable of doing anything else in life.

By Anonym 14 Sep

A. N. Wilson

Of all liars the most arrogant are biographers: those who would have us believe, having surveyed a few boxes full of letters, diaries, bank statements and photographs, that they can play at the recording angel and tell the whole truth about another human life.