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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
    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
    The United States is the ultimate land of optimistic promise, but it also gave birth to quintessentially pessimistic tragedy: 'Moby-Dick.'
    — A. N. Wilson
    tags: birth 
     
    'In Memoriam' has been my companion for all my grownup life.
    — A. N. Wilson
    tags: companion 
     
    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
    tags: people  thoughts  respect 
     
    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
    tags: pleasure  black 
     
    The scribbler's life is never done.
    — A. N. Wilson
    There is no doubt that, since 1977 and the launch of Apple II - the first computer it produced for the mass market - many things which used to be done on paper, or on the telephone, have been done easier and faster on a screen.
    — A. N. Wilson
    tags: doubt  computer 
     
    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
    tags: work 
     
    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
    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
    Personally, I think universities are finished. So much rubbish gets taught.
    — A. N. Wilson
    tags: university 
     
    I've got nothing very original to say myself.
    — A. N. Wilson
    I'm starting to realize that people are beginning to want to know about me. It's a jolly strange idea.
    — A. N. Wilson
    tags: people  ideas 
     
    The really clever people now want to be lawyers or journalists.
    — A. N. Wilson
    tags: people 
     
    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
    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
    tags: people  thoughts 
     
    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
    tags: truth  believe  human  angel  liar 
     
    Iris Murdoch did influence my early novels very much, and influence is never entirely good.
    — A. N. Wilson
    tags: influence  novel 
     
    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
    tags: people  hope  research 
     
    I think that if you can't be loyal to the Church, it's best to get out.
    — A. N. Wilson
    tags: church 
     
    I'm boring. My beliefs are neither here nor there.
    — A. N. Wilson
    tags: belief 
     
    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
    tags: men  poet 
     
    Truth comes to us mediated by human love.
    — A. N. Wilson
    tags: truth  human 
     
    History does not eliminate grievances. It lays them down like landmines.
    — 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
    We tell ourselves that God is dead, when what we mean is that God is Dad, and we wish him dead.
    — A. N. Wilson
    tags: wishes  god 
     
    It is remarkable how easily children and grown-ups adapt to living in a dictatorship organised by lunatics.
    — A. N. Wilson
    tags: children  living  child 
     
    I believe the collapse of the House of Windsor is tied in with the collapse of the Church of England.
    — A. N. Wilson
    tags: believe  church  england 
     
    IQ in general has improved since tests first began. Psychologists think that this is because modern life becomes ever more complicated.
    — A. N. Wilson
    The latest research has revealed that women have a higher IQ than men.
    — A. N. Wilson
    tags: men  women  research 
     
    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
    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
    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
    tags: mistakes  age  war  morals  book 
     
    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
    A busybody's work is never done.
    — A. N. Wilson
    tags: work 
     
    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
    We, while noting many things amiss about Victorian society, more often sense them judging us.
    — A. N. Wilson
    tags: society 
     
    Anti-Semitism is extremely common.
    — A. N. Wilson
    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
    tags: advice  young  moment  faith  wise  year 
     
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