As George Orwell wisely observed a generation later, the only way swiftly to end a war is to lose it.
People who get on at school are the ones who play by the rules, and no one's going to get far in later life playing by the system.
We're taking part in a divine comedy and we should realise that the play is always a comedy, in that we're all ultimately ridiculous.
There was no doubt that in the early and mid-eighties that many of us in broadsheet newspapers felt that we still had a responsibility to try to protect the Royal Family or if you like protect the Monarchy from the assaults of the media.
You cannot write down how people are good; you just know it, and cannot get away from it.
The only redemptive feature of war is the brotherhood which it forges.
A Tory government with a decent mandate seems the only hope of tackling the fiscal catastrophe responsibly.
Lots of us when we're children believe 'oh well, if the world knew us as we really are, they'd know what wonderful, clever, brilliant, charming people we really are.'
It's miraculous how much easier the computer has made my sort of work.
I would have been a disastrous soldier.
When I am fishing, I think quite a lot about the fish, but I also think about the book I'm writing.
I've always found women more loyal, more disciplined, less neurotic, more hardworking. I just think they're perfect colleagues. Whereas, God knows, I've dealt with plenty of neurotic men.
I'm a wet liberal really, and always have been. But I'm sort of an aggressive wet liberal.
If you can't get a job as a pianist in a brothel, you become a royal reporter.
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