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A N Wilson
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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. A N Wilson
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'In Memoriam' has been my companion for all my grownup life. A N Wilson
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I've never had a study in my life. I'm like Jane Austen - I work on the corner of the dining table. A N Wilson
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Like many people in Britain, I have an affectionate respect for the Queen, and am surprised that I should be having such republican thoughts. A N Wilson
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People become dons because they are incapable of doing anything else in life. A N Wilson
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Since Einstein developed his theory of relativity, and Rutherford and Bohr revolutionised physics, our picture of the world has radically changed. A N Wilson
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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. A N Wilson
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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. A N Wilson
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I should prefer to have a politician who regularly went to a massage parlour than one who promised a laptop computer for every teacher. A N Wilson
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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. A N Wilson
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The approach of death certainly concentrates the mind. A N Wilson
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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. I don't manage nearly that... but I have published slightly too much recently. A N Wilson
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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. A N Wilson
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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. A N Wilson
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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. A N Wilson
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It is remarkable how easily children and grown-ups adapt to living in a dictatorship organised by lunatics. A N Wilson
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I'm starting to realize that people are beginning to want to know about me. It's a jolly strange idea. A N Wilson
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Iris Murdoch did influence my early novels very much, and influence is never entirely good. A N Wilson
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In the past, I used to counter any such notions by asking myself: 'Would you really want President Hattersley?' I now find that possibility rather cheers me up. With his chubby, Dickensian features and his knowledge of T.H. Green and other harmless leftish political classics, Hattersley might not be such a bad thing after all. A N Wilson
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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. A N Wilson
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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. A N Wilson
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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. A N Wilson
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Fear of death has never played a large part in my consciousness - perhaps unimaginative of me. A N Wilson
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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. A N Wilson
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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. A N Wilson
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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. A N Wilson
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I had lost faith in biography. A N Wilson
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I wanted passionately to be a priest. A N Wilson
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I've got nothing very original to say myself. A N Wilson
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When I think about atheist friends, including my father, they seem to me like people who have no ear for music, or who have never been in love. A N Wilson
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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. A N Wilson
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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. A N Wilson
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I'm not saying all publishers have to be literary, but some interest in books would help. A N Wilson
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I think that if you can't be loyal to the Church, it's best to get out. A N Wilson
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Reading about Queen Victoria has been a passion of mine since, as a child, I came across Laurence Housman's play 'Happy and Glorious,' with its Ernest Shepard illustrations. A N Wilson
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Watching a whole cluster of friends, and my own mother, die over quite a short space of time convinced me that purely materialist 'explanations' for our mysterious human existence simply won't do - on an intellectual level. A N Wilson
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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. A N Wilson
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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. A N Wilson
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The scribbler's life is never done. A N Wilson
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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. A N Wilson
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The latest research has revealed that women have a higher IQ than men. A N Wilson
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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. A N Wilson
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I very much dislike the intolerance and moralism of many Christians, and feel more sympathy with Honest Doubters than with them. A N Wilson
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If you read about Mussolini or Stalin or some of these other great monsters of history, they were at it all the time, that they were getting up in the morning very early. They were physically very active. They didn't eat lunch. A N Wilson
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If you know somebody is going to be awfully annoyed by something you write, that's obviously very satisfying, and if they howl with rage or cry, that's honey. A N Wilson
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I think I became a Catholic to annoy my father. A N Wilson
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I'm boring. My beliefs are neither here nor there. A N Wilson
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I'm like Jane Austen - I work on the corner of the dining table. A N Wilson
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I was once naive 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. A N Wilson
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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. A N Wilson
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A busybody's work is never done. A N Wilson
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I don't write books inadvertently. A N Wilson
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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. A N Wilson
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The United States is the ultimate land of optimistic promise, but it also gave birth to quintessentially pessimistic tragedy: 'Moby-Dick.' A N Wilson
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If only Queen Elizabeth II had the intellectual, political and linguistic skills of Queen Elizabeth I, many people would support giving her some of the powers of an elected president. A N Wilson
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It seems astonishing to be paid for indulging in pure pleasure. For me to go to Coburg is rather as if a trainspotter was sent for a few weeks to Swindon or a chocoholic asked on holiday by Green and Black. A N Wilson
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We, while noting many things amiss about Victorian society, more often sense them judging us. A N Wilson
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The United States is the ultimate land of optimistic promise, but it also gave birth to quintessentially pessimistic tragedy: 'Moby-Dick. A N Wilson
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The really clever people now want to be lawyers or journalists. A N Wilson
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Everyone writes in Tolstoy's shadow, whether one feels oneself to be Tolstoyan or not. A N Wilson
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Truth comes to us mediated by human love. A N Wilson
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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. A N Wilson
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Hitler suffered acutely from meteorism; perhaps he did not suffer so acutely as those around him, since meteorism is uncontrolled farting, a condition exacerbated by Hitler's strictly vegetarian diet. A N Wilson
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In general, Hitler embodied the view of any popular newspaper. A N Wilson
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Everyone writes in Tolstoy's shadow, whether one feels oneself to be Tolstoyan or not. His influence on the dissident writers of the Soviet Uniton was enormous. Figures like Grossman or Solzhenitsyn, although their language is less elevated, were dominated by a Tolstoyan desire to use fiction to tell the truth of history. A N Wilson
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In Memoriam' has been my companion for all my grownup life. A N Wilson
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History does not eliminate grievances. It lays them down like landmines. A N Wilson
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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. A N Wilson
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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. A N Wilson
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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. A N Wilson
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