Malcolm Bradbury
Quotations


English history is all about men liking their fathers, and American history is all about men hating their fathers and trying to burn down everything they ever did.

Only the old are innocent. That is what the Victorians understood, and the Christians. Original sin is a property of the young. The old grow beyond corruption very quickly.

The English are polite by telling lies. The Americans are polite by telling the truth.

Reading someone else’s newspaper is like sleeping with someone else’s wife. Nothing seems to be precisely in the right place, and when you find what you are looking for, it is not clear then how to respond to it.

A conventional good read is usually a bad read, a relaxing bath in what we know already. A true good read is surely an act of innovative creation in which we, the readers, become conspirators.

My experience of ships is that on them one makes an interesting discovery about the world. One finds one can do without it completely.



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