Quotes by Craig Brown (Critic/English).

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Just as there is something about an empty skip that makes you want to fill it, so there is something about a full skip that makes you want to empty it.
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Historians are the consummate hairdressers of the literary world: cooing in public, catty in private.
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There's nothing wrong with procrastination. Or is there? I'll leave it to you to decide, but only if you have the time.
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It is only if you happen to be a newscaster that the tongue-twister spells peril.
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In its heyday, the blazer had come to symbolise a kind of conventional decency. Yacht club commodores and school bursars wore blazers. People who played bowls wore blazers.
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Speaking for myself, I spend a good ten minutes a day deciding whether or not to read the results of new surveys, and, once I have read them, a further five minutes deciding whether or not to take them seriously.
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When cars honk and hoot and drunks squeeze out of car windows and scream, you can be sure that football is in the air.
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In real life, nothing would be more tedious than trailing around after two strangers as they went house-hunting in Hertfordshire. But for some reason, television is more compelling than real life.
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When I was a boy, I used to stay with a school friend in Bexhill, in Sussex, which was then well-known for being the town with more oldies than any other. Aged ten, I felt slightly embarrassed by this, though I'm not sure why.
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Women are more sensitive, more practical, more intelligent, more balanced, better able to deal with people, better cooks, better parents, better carers, better leaders, and so on and so forth.
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As a rough rule of thumb, I would say the smaller the pond, the more belligerent the fish.
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Looking back, some of the happiest moments of my childhood were spent with my arm in packets of breakfast cereal, rootling around for a free gift.
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Comedy is the slave of time. What seemed funny then is unlikely to seem funny now, just as what strikes us as funny now would not have seemed funny then.
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One of the many joys of tongue-twisters is that they serve no purpose beyond fun.
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For some reason, it is always thrilling to spot your home town in the news.
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I have twice met Jeffrey Archer, and on both occasions was struck by the firmness of his handshake - and the way he looked me straight in the eye, too.
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Poets, for example, are generally considered starry-eyed and sensitive, but only by those who have never encountered one.
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All the wealthiest people in the U.S. seem compelled to brag about how humble they are.
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The only behaviour that is truly common is to avoid doing something because you think others might consider it common.
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It strikes me that golf's great virtue is that it gets you out of the house, away from everyday bothers, away from the endless round of looking for this, that and the other.
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Like the periwig and the bowler hat, the plus-four and the bow-tie, the blazer is on the way out, and those who persist in wearing it do so with a smattering of self-consciousness, a touch of obstinacy, even a pinch of camp.
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My father, a captain in the 5th Battalion of the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, landed in Normandy the day after D-Day.
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Like many men, I am highly skilled in the art of losing things but prefer to outsource the recovery process.
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It is hard being a football loather, a football unfan. I sometimes feel as lonely as the sole survivor in the last reel of a Zombie film, as, one by one, old friends reveal themselves, with their glassy stares and outstretched arms, to have succumbed to the lure.
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Alan Whicker may be the last Briton to have worn a silver-buttoned blazer with complete confidence.
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