A. N. Wilson quotes

  • 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

    #Jobs #Responsibility #Men

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

    #Thinking #Modern Life #Tests

  • The latest research has revealed that women have a higher IQ than men.
    -- A. N. Wilson

    #Men #Research #Higher

  • 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

    #Acceptance #Light #People

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

    #Children #Remarkable #Dictatorship

  • 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

    #Radio #Thought Of The Day #Easy

  • I think one of the very frightening things about the regime of the National Socialists is that it made people happy.
    -- A. N. Wilson

    #Thinking #People #Regimes

  • I'm like Jane Austen - I work on the corner of the dining table.
    -- A. N. Wilson

    #Dining #Tables #Austen

  • I wanted passionately to be a priest.
    -- A. N. Wilson

    #Priests #Wanted

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

    #Queens #Book #Writing

  • Since Einstein developed his theory of relativity, and Rutherford and Bohr revolutionised physics, our picture of the world has radically changed.
    -- A. N. Wilson

    #World #Physics #Theory

  • 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

    #Dragons #Monsters #Giants

  • 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

    #Class #People #Water

  • 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

    #Cheer #Past #Political

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

    #Thinking #Church #Loyal

  • 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

    #Kings #Queens #Eerie

  • 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

    #Regret #Memories #Night

  • 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

    #People #Done #Research

  • 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

    #Family #Queens #House

  • I think I became a Catholic to annoy my father.
    -- A. N. Wilson

    #Father #Thinking #Catholic

  • I don't write books inadvertently.
    -- A. N. Wilson

    #Book #Writing

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

    #Writing #Thinking #People

  • 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

    #Fake People #Teacher #Laptops

  • 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

    #Sadness #People #Joy

  • The fact that logic cannot satisfy us awakens an almost insatiable hunger for the irrational.
    -- A. N. Wilson

    #Math #Awakening #Facts

  • I very much dislike the intolerance and moralism of many Christians, and feel more sympathy with Honest Doubters than with them.
    -- A. N. Wilson

    #Christian #Doubters #Honest

  • 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

    #Jobs #Men #Marketing

  • 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

    #Christian #Jesus #Sunday

  • The really clever people now want to be lawyers or journalists.
    -- A. N. Wilson

    #Clever #People #Want

  • I had lost faith in biography.
    -- A. N. Wilson

    #Biographies #Lost #Lost Faith

  • I might be deceiving myself but I do not think that I do have an inordinate fear of death.
    -- A. N. Wilson

    #Thinking #Might #Deceiving

  • 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

    #Inspirational #Writing #Annoyed

  • A busybody's work is never done.
    -- A. N. Wilson

    #Done #Busybodies

  • Anti-Semitism is extremely common.
    -- A. N. Wilson

    #Common #Anti Semitism

  • Everyone writes in Tolstoy's shadow, whether one feels oneself to be Tolstoyan or not.
    -- A. N. Wilson

    #Writing #Shadow #Feels

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

    #Consciousness #Fear Of Death

  • I believe the collapse of the House of Windsor is tied in with the collapse of the Church of England.
    -- A. N. Wilson

    #Believe #House #Church

  • 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

    #Liars #Believe #Angel

  • I'm boring. My beliefs are neither here nor there.
    -- A. N. Wilson

    #Belief #Boring

  • 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

    #Men #Saint #Poet

  • Truth comes to us mediated by human love.
    -- A. N. Wilson

    #Humans

  • Iris Murdoch did influence my early novels very much, and influence is never entirely good.
    -- A. N. Wilson

    #Irises #Influence #Novel

  • 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

    #Morning #Lunch #Monsters

  • 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

    #Book #Writing #Years

  • 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

    #Education #Circles #Intellectual

  • 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.
    -- A. N. Wilson

    #Self #Upper Class #Towns

  • History does not eliminate grievances. It lays them down like landmines.
    -- A. N. Wilson

    #History #Doe #Grievance

  • 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

    #Birthday #School #Exercise

  • 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

    #Thinking #Opposites #History

  • We, while noting many things amiss about Victorian society, more often sense them judging us.
    -- A. N. Wilson

    #History #Judging

  • 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

    #War #Mistake #Book

  • 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

    #Wise #Men #Years

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

    #Book #Helping #Interest

  • As Hitler himself later enunciated, it matters not how idiotic the creed, what matters is the firmness with which it is enunciated.
    -- A. N. Wilson

    #What Matters #Creeds #Firmness

  • 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

    #Suffering #Vegetarian

  • In general, Hitler embodied the view of any popular newspaper.
    -- A. N. Wilson

    #Views #Newspapers

  • 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

    #Army #Reality #Black

  • The approach of death certainly concentrates the mind.
    -- A. N. Wilson

    #Mind #Approach