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“Busyness, I feel increasingly, is the writer's curse and downfall. You read too much and write too readily, you become cut off from your inner life, from the flow of your own thoughts, and turned far too much towards the outside world.”
“But who would hold up his head, if people judged us by what we were like at twenty? ”
“No ruler in the world has ever been able to afford a war. They’re not affordable things. No prince ever says, 'This is my budget, so this is the kind of war I can have.' You enter into one and it uses up all the money you’ve got, and then it breaks you and bankrupts you.”
Hilary Mantel, English writer
Full name: Hilary Mary Mantel, CBE.