Best Quotes by Alan Bennett (Top 10)

  1. The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours
  2. What she was finding also was how one book led to another, doors kept opening wherever she turned and the days weren't long enough for the reading she wanted to do.
  3. Books are not about passing time. They're about other lives. Other worlds. Far from wanting time to pass, one just wishes one had more of it. If one wanted to pass the time one could go to New Zealand.
  4. You don't put your life into your books, you find it there.
  5. We started off trying to set up a small anarchist community, but people wouldn't obey the rules.
  6. The appeal of reading, she thought, lay in its indifference: there was something undeferring about literature. Books did not care who was reading them or whether one read them or not. All readers were equal, herself included. Literature, she thought, is a commonwealth; letters a republic.
  7. History is a commentary on the various and continuing incapabilities of men. What is history? History is women following behind with the bucket.
  8. Above literature?' said the Queen. 'Who is above literature? You might as well say one was above humanity.
  9. Sometimes there is no next time, no time-outs, no second chances. Sometimes it’s now or never.
  10. Definition of a classic: a book everyone is assumed to have read and often thinks they have.

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