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All Quotes by author - Claire Tomalin
" 'A Christmas Carol' has been described as the most perfect of Dickens's works and as a quintessential heart-warming story, and it is certainly the most popular. "
" After Shakespeare, Dickens is the great creator of characters, multiple characters. "
" All the people I have written about remain with me - perhaps they are my closest friends. "
" All writers behave badly. All people behave badly. "
" As a young man, Dickens worked as a reporter in the House of Commons and hated it. He felt that all politicians spoke with the same voice. "
" As he approached his 28th birthday in February 1840, Dickens knew himself to be famous, successful and tired. He needed a rest, and he made up his mind to keep the year free of the pressure of producing monthly installments of yet another long novel. "
" Because my father is French, my first school was the Lycee Francais de Londres in Kensington. "
" Biographers search for traces, for evidence of activity, for signs of movement, for letters, for diaries, for photographs. "
" Biographers use historians more than historians use biographers, although there can be two-way traffic - e.g., the ever-growing production of biographies of women is helping to change the general picture of the past presented by historians. "
" Biographies are, in their nature, far more difficult to make into films than novels, because novels come with plots constructed and dialogue written, whereas I don't invent dialogue for my subjects or plot their lives for them. "
" By the time I went up to Cambridge, I was extremely quiet and well behaved, although I now meet people who remember me as not like that at all. "
" Dickens belongs to the English people. "
" Dickens had more energy than anyone in the world, and he expected his sons to be like him, and they couldn't be. "
" Dickens is a lover of human beings; a relisher of human beings. "
" Dickens is always full of surprises. "
" Dickens never joined a political party nor put forward a political programme. He was a writer who rightly saw his power as coming through his fiction. "
" Dickens was a part of how the whole celebration of Christmas as we know it today emerged during the 19th century. "
" Dickens was very practical and sensible. "
" Essentially, I spent most of my childhood with my mother and my older sister, and I suppose I had rather a romantic vision of how things might be if there were men around; I saw myself in a country house with six children and a garden. That has never been achieved - and I still regret it. "
" Everyone finds their own version of Charles Dickens. The child-victim, the irrepressibly ambitious young man, the reporter, the demonic worker, the tireless walker. The radical, the protector of orphans, helper of the needy, man of good works, the republican. The hater and the lover of America. The giver of parties, the magician, the traveler. "
" Historians will handle a much wider range of sources than a biographer and will be covering a broader spectrum of events, time, peoples. "
" I always feel sad when I come to the end of a book. "
" I always try to travel light. "
" I belong to the Richmond Concert Society, who put on very good concerts. "
" I continually get more information about a subject after the book has been published. "
" I didn't start writing my own books until I was 40. "
" I enjoyed the whole process of learning and was always happy when autumn came and school or college started up again. "
" I fell in love with Shakespeare when I was 12, and I read the whole works. Yes, I was precocious. "
" If I'm in a state about a book, I'll get up at 6 A.M. and write before breakfast, but usually I'll start afterwards and then work a full day with a break for lunch. "
" I had forgotten until I looked up old notes that I sold the film rights of my first book, a life of Mary Wollstonecraft: there was a lunch, a contract, a small sum of money, then nothing. "
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