A. A. Gill Quotes

A. A. Gill


We like to see death as an unfair conspiracy, and what we want is a magic practitioner, a combination of Dr Watson and Sherlock Holmes.

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Americans think the only funny Brits are John Cleese, Benny Hill and whoever makes our toothpaste. They're not laughing with us, they are laughing at us.

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Beautifully shot, impeccably paced, it was a clear, unrelenting look at the National Trust, its friends and enemies, and it makes you want to burn your passport and beg the Luftwaffe to have another go.

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A lobster bisque ought to be the crowning glory of the potager. And this one was excellent. Silky as a gigolo's compliment and fishy as a chancellor's promise.

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You either get the point of Africa or you don't. What draws me back year after year is that it's like seeing the world with the lid off.

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It's a great historical joke that when the Spanish met the Aztecs, it was a blind date made in serve-you-right heaven. At the time, they were the two most unpleasant cultures in the entire world, and richly deserved each other. Still, the story of how stout Cortes blustered, bullied and bludgeoned his way to collapsing an entire empire with a handful of contagious hoodlums is astonishing.

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He (Jeremy Clarkson) is the last man standing on the beach commanding the glaciers' melt waters to go back

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Television is a constant stream of fact, opinions, lies, moral dilemmas, plots: an infinitely complex and sophisticated torrent of information. How could it not make you cleverer? The only people who ever thought television rotted the brain and made kids dumb were those with a vested interest in other ways of learning, or those who were intellectually insecure, usually about books.

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Facts are what pedantic, dull people have instead of opinions.

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Breakfast is everything. The beginning, the first thing. It is the mouthful that is the commitment to a new day, a continuing life.

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Sport is how poor kids from poor countries pass through the eye of the needle to riches and recognition.

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All my life I've been aware of the Second World War humming in the background. I was born 10 years after it was finished, and without ever seeing it. It formed my generation and the world we lived in. I played Hurricanes and Spitfires in the playground, and war films still form the basis of all my moral philosophy. All the men I've ever got to my feet for or called sir had been in the war.

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The interesting adults are always the school failures, the weird ones, the losers, the malcontents, this isnâ??t wishful thinking. Itâ??s the rule.

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The truth and the facts aren't necessarily the same thing. Telling the truth is the object of all art; facts are what the unimaginative have instead of ideas.

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The reason that chefs become chefs is that they're not allowed into rooms with windows.

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