A. N. Wilson

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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The fact that logic cannot satisfy us awakens an almost insatiable hunger for the irrational.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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The latest research has revealed that women have a higher IQ than men.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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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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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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I might be deceiving myself but I do not think that I do have an inordinate fear of death.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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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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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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Anti-Semitism is extremely common.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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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.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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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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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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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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'In Memoriam' has been my companion for all my grownup life.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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Truth comes to us mediated by human love.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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I'm like Jane Austen - I work on the corner of the dining table.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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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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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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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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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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