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Peter Ackroyd

British,  Author
Total Quotes : 26
Death Chapter Which

Every book for me is a chapter in the long book which will finally be closed on the day of my death.

- Peter Ackroyd

Shadow How Failed

As a Londoner I was able to see how the world of power and money cast its shadow on those who failed.

- Peter Ackroyd

Interesting More Generals

Health, money. That's what people worried about in the 14th century as much as today. I find it so much more interesting than the supposed activities of kings, queens, generals.

- Peter Ackroyd

Always Gothic Been

I have always believed that the material world is governed by nonmaterial sources, so that in that sense 'English Music' is an exercise in the spiritual as well as the material. I have always been attracted to the Gothic and spiritual imagination, and I've always been interested in visionaries.

- Peter Ackroyd

London Pole Been

His head was boiled, impaled upon a pole and raised above London Bridge. So ended the life of Thomas More, one of the few Londoners upon whom sainthood has been conferred and the first English layman to be beatified as a martyr.

- Peter Ackroyd

Voice My Own Consequence

I don't know if I have a voice of my own. I don't see me being an important person with something to say. I haven't. I've got nothing to say. My opinion is of no consequence or value.

- Peter Ackroyd

Past In The Past Eternal

I don't believe necessarily the past is in the past. It's eternal, it's all around us.

- Peter Ackroyd

Love Find Own

Familial love can find an echo in our own hearts just as it did in that of Charles Dickens.

- Peter Ackroyd

City Constant Another

All cities are impressive in their way, because they represent the aspiration of men to lead a common life; those people who wish to live agreeable lives, and in constant intercourse with one another, will build a city as beautiful as Paris.

- Peter Ackroyd

Book Purpose Another

In 'The Plato Papers' I wanted to get another perspective on the present moment by extrapolating into the distant future. So in that sense, there's a definite similarity of purpose between a book set in the future and a book set in the past.

- Peter Ackroyd

Love Game Operas

I love soap operas - the stories, the plots! And I love the game shows and the courtroom dramas and the detectives - Jessica Fletcher, 'Columbo,' 'Perry Mason,' 'L.A. Law.' Any sense of guilt appeals to me in a television program - a sense of guilt, or a sense of making a lot of money.

- Peter Ackroyd

London Always Within

In London, I've always lived within 10 miles of where I was born. You see, there is something called a spirit of place, and my place happens to be London, at least once a fortnight.

- Peter Ackroyd

Think I Think Certainly

I think biography can be more personal than fiction, and certainly can be more expressive.

- Peter Ackroyd

Song Going Like

In so far as I have any beliefs, I suppose I'm like that old Peggy Lee song, 'Is That All There Is?' I want to believe there's something else going on, but what that something else is I don't pretend to know.

- Peter Ackroyd

Seize Seem General

It may seem unfashionable to say so, but historians should seize the imagination as well as the intellect. History is, in a sense, a story, a narrative of adventure and of vision, of character and of incident. It is also a portrait of the great general drama of the human spirit.

- Peter Ackroyd

Houses Buy Waits

There are certain people who seem doomed to buy certain houses. The house expects them. It waits for them.

- Peter Ackroyd

Chance Sometimes Pattern

It sometimes seems to me that the whole course of English history was one of accident, confusion, chance and unintended consequences - there's no real pattern.

- Peter Ackroyd

Interesting More Realise

People are much more interesting than people realise.

- Peter Ackroyd

Tell Tops Type

There are two types of people, you see. One type keep their heads straight, and look around as they walk. The others look up - at the tops of houses, at the eaves and the lintels and the roofs, which can tell you when they were built - and I've always done that.

- Peter Ackroyd

Fiction Been Utter

My great fear has always been complete and utter failure. Hence, you see, all the dispossessed people in my fiction, and why I try to earn as much money as I can. It's a defense. I don't enjoy it or do anything with it.

- Peter Ackroyd