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  • Alan Bennett (born May 9, 1934) is an English gaming writer, screenwriter, actress and writer. Alan Bennett was born in Leeds and studied at Oxford University. He stayed to teach and investigate medieval history in college.

 

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  • Quotes about books, history and reading
  • “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. 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.” 
  • Alan Bennett, The History Boys

 

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  • Quotes about books
  • “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.” 
  • Alan Bennett, The Uncommon Reader

 

  • Quotes about books, imagination and inspiration
  • “A book is a device to ignite the imagination.” 
  • Alan Bennett, The Uncommon Reader

 

  • Quotes about books, experience, hobbies, reading and travel
  • “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.” 
  • Alan Bennett, The Uncommon Reader

 

  • Quotes about books and life
  • “You don’t put your life into your books, you find it there.” 
  • Alan Bennett, The Uncommon Reader

 

  • Quotes about anarchy, humour, life, rules and society
  • “We started off trying to set up a small anarchist community, but people wouldn’t obey the rules.” 
  • Alan Bennett, Getting On

 

  • Quotes about history and humor
  • “How do I define history? It’s just one fucking thing after another” 
  • Alan Bennett, The History Boys

 

  • Quotes about history and bookshelves
  • “A bookshelf is as particular to its owner as are his or her clothes; a personality is stamped on a library just as a shoe is shaped by the foot.”
  • Alan Bennett, London Review of Books 2011

 

  • Quotes about equality, reading and why read
  • “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.” 
  • Alan Bennett, The Uncommon Reader

 

 

 

  • Quotes about books, reading and time
  • “The days weren’t long enough for the reading she wanted to do.” 
  • Alan Bennett, The Uncommon Reader

 

  • Quotes about history
  • “History is a commentary on the various and continuing incapabilities of men. What is history? History is women following behind with the bucket.” 
  • Alan Bennett, The History Boys

 

  • Quotes about literature and humanity
  • “Above literature?’ said the Queen. ‘Who is above literature? You might as well say one was above humanity.” 
  • Alan Bennett, The Uncommon Reader

 

  • Quotes about humanity and teaching
  • “One of the hardest things for boys to learn is that a teacher is human. One of the hardest things for a teacher to learn is not to try and tell them.” 
  • Alan Bennett, The History Boys

 

  • Quotes about books, briefing, entertainment, expansion, information, inspiration, learning and reading
  • “Briefing is not reading. In fact it is the antithesis of reading. Briefing is terse, factual and to the point. Reading is untidy, discursive and perpetually inviting. Briefing closes down a subject, reading opens it up.” 
  • Alan Bennett, The Uncommon Reader

 

  • Quotes about history, acknowledge, photography and experience
  • “Why do we not care to acknowledge them? The cattle, the body count. We still don’t like to admit the war was even partly our fault because so many of our people died. A photograph on every mantlepiece. And all this mourning has veiled the truth. It’s not so much lest we forget, as lest we remember. Because you should realise the Cenotaph and the Last Post and all that stuff is concerned, there’s no better way of forgetting something than by commemorating it.” 
  • Alan Bennett, The History Boys

 

  • Quotes about contentment and happiness
  • “I’m not “happy” but I’m not unhappy about it.” 
  • Alan Bennett, The History Boys

 

  • Quotes about cliches, humor, wisdom and writing
  • “Clichés can be quite fun. That’s how they got to be clichés.” 
  • Alan Bennett, The History Boys

 

  • Quotes about history, imagination and subjunctive
  • “It’s subjunctive history. You know, the subjunctive? The mood used when something may or may not have happened. When it is imagined.” 
  • Alan Bennett, The History Boys

 

  • Quotes about reading
  • “Reading is untidy, discursive and perpetually inviting.”
  • Alan Bennett, The Uncommon Reader

 

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