Peter Ackroyd

Peter Ackroyd

English biographer, novelist and critic

Lived from: 1949-

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Quotes: Peter Ackroyd

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    And when I was young, did I ever tell you, I always wanted to get inside a book and never come out again? I loved reading so much I wanted to be a part of it, and there were some books I could have stayed in for ever.
    Source: First Light (1996) 50
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    Every book for me is a chapter in the long book which will finally be closed on the day of my death.
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    Freud was just a novelist.
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    I believe that the gods themselves are frightened of the world which they have fashioned.
    Source: The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde (1983)
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    I never read in bed, only in my study.
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    I think biography can be more personal than fiction, and certainly can be more expressive.
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    Is it possible to be nostalgic about old fears?
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    Only those with great ambitions know what great fears drive them forward.
    Source: The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde (1983)
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    Sometimes the silences, the gaps, tell us more than anything else.
    Source: London: The Biography (2003)
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    The ordinary routines of life are never chronicled by the historian, but they make up almost the whole of experience.
    Source: Foundation: The History of England (2011) 47
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    The world is a sea in which we all must surely drown.
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    There is no humiliation worse than the consciousness of a wasted life. It stains the spirit, forestalls hope, and destroys any motive for action or change.
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