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Chum was a British boy's weekly which,
by A. E. van Vogt

Chum was a British boy's weekly which,
at the end of the year was bound into a single huge book;
and the following Christmas parents bought it as Christmas
presents for male children.
- A. E. van Vogt

My theory was that what I had to do was make a study of human behavior.
- A. E. van Vogt

I don't recall having any self-awareness about the intricacy of my stories.
- A. E. van Vogt

I first read science fiction in the old British Chum
annual when I was about 12 years old.
- A. E. van Vogt

 

I had casually rented an apartment that cost $75 a
month because I expected my writing to pay my way.
- A. E. van Vogt

In those days I was new to covers; merely felt pleased
that a story of mine had been honored.
I later met Rogers who did some of my early covers
and I was impressed with him.
- A. E. van Vogt

Recruiting Station was a story that came as the result
of many anxious awakenings during many nights.
- A. E. van Vogt

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The encouragement I got from Campbell was a quick check and praise.
Once the Space Beagle was launched on its mission,
it seemed natural for it to breed additional thoughts.
- A. E. van Vogt

Well, first of all, going off with dianetics was based upon a thought of mine.
- A. E. van Vogt

In a sense, there's a great truth to that,
but, also I was a great reader.
- A. E. van Vogt

But, somewhere in there, I did have the thought that
this really fits in with my thinking about what I wanted to do;
with what has to be done by a writer in order to stay alive as a writer.
- A. E. van Vogt

It came about as follows: over the years when I was involved in dianetics,
I wrote the beginnings of many stories.
I would get an idea, and then write the beginning,
and then never touch it again.
- A. E. van Vogt

It's difficult for me to feel that a solid page without
the breakups of paragraphs can be interesting.
I break mine up perhaps sooner than I should in terms
of the usage of the English language.
- A. E. van Vogt

You have to remember that I was a bright but simple
fellow from Canada who seldom,
if ever, met another writer, and then only a so-called
literary type that occasionally sold a story and meanwhile
worked in an office for a living.
- A. E. van Vogt

I figure that that has a ten year cycle.
At the end of that ten years, I began to get worried
that I would run into what is known as the writer's block,
the feeling of not being able to do these things.
- A. E. van Vogt

You know I've got a chum, a smashing mate,
he's got a dog with no legs, and he calls it a cigarette.
It's true, yeah, because at nighttime he has to take it out for a drag.
- Norman Wisdom

Sitting down to a meal with an Indian family is different
from sitting down to a meal with a British family.
- Roland Joffe

I had to choose between American and British actors,
and it didn't take me more than a second to decide:
Russians are Europeans and should be played by other Europeans.
- Jean-Jacques Annaud

But I do not want to use Hungarian verses for British people.
- Gyorgy Ligeti

We embrace policies that have, first and foremost,
the continued survival of the British people at their core,
and in that respect I think we are beyond left and right.
- Steve Blake

It's weird, because usually if you're British and you
go to America you play baddies;
but I play naughty people here and goodies in America.
- Paul Bettany

The British needlewoman follows blindly where the merchant leads.
- Ann Macbeth

It was just us lampooning our own peer group,
saying, well hey, where did this stuff come from? And
where does British guys get to be so good at it suddenly?
- Neil Innes

I don't enjoy British shows as a rule because British audiences are strange.
- Andrew Eldritch

My parents are Italian and British.
They live in Berkeley now - we all moved there four years ago.
- Claire Forlani

I was never too keen on the British music press.
They've called us a supermarket hype,
and they used to suggest that we didn't write our own songs.
- Freddie Mercury

I have no interest in Shakespeare and all that British nonsense...
I just wanted to get famous and all the rest is hogwash.
- Anthony Hopkins

If there is to be any hope of prosperity for this country
it is by reversing that policy which made us simply
the kitchen garden for supplying the British with cheap food.
- Eamon de Valera

For over 30 years, the IRA showed that the British
government could not rule Ireland on its own terms.
- Gerry Adams

I've had much nastier things said about me in the British
press than in the Bosnian press.
- Paddy Ashdown

The only difference between the Bel Air of the '90s
and the Bel Air of my childhood is that now the nannies
are Latina instead of British,
and the cars European instead of American.
- Lorna Luft

The avian influenza found in mainland British Columbia
poses no significant threat to human health.
- John Clifford

There is a marvelous turn and trick to British arrogance;
its apparent unconsciousness makes it twice as effectual.
- Catherine Drinker Bowen

But, you know, the Stones were my opening act in the Sixties.
I loved those British guys, the way they just stood
there and shook their hair.
- Ronnie Spector

She has turned the British bulldog into a Reagan poodle.
- David Steel

I definitely wish to distinguish American poetry from
British or other English language poetry.
- Diane Wakoski

However, I began to submit poems to British magazines,
and some were accepted.
It was a great moment to see my first poems published.
It felt like entering a tradition.
- Helen Dunmore

It had always been a British preoccupation to hold this mile record.
- Roger Bannister

Britons seem to have given up on assimilating their Muslim population,
with many British elites patting themselves on the
back for their tolerance and multiculturalism.
- Linda Chavez

Like the British Constitution, she owes her success
in practice to her inconsistencies in principle.
- Thomas Hardy

I'd rather do theater and British films than move to
LA in hopes of getting small roles in American films.
- Kate Winslet

The French and the British are such good enemies that
they can't resist being friends.
- Peter Ustinov

I give no more paroles to British officers.
- Christopher Gadsden

I would not say that I was, these days,
a 'student' of philosophy, although in my youth I was
quite deeply involved with certain aspects of the British pragmatists.
- Brian Ferneyhough

I am a caricature of what British science is about in the way I work.
- Martin Fleischmann

We know no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public
in one of its periodical fits of morality.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

I wil not compare the education of an ancient Spartan
with that of a British nobleman.
- Thomas Day

If you do a story about a British journalist rescuing a child from Sarajevo,
then Sarajevo just becomes an exotic location,
and the story's about this British journalist.
- Michael Winterbottom

The British have slang words, as we do,
but it was fun.
- Dennis Farina

With most British actors, it's amazing.
I think they start with the character on the outside and work in.
- Norman Jewison

I find respect for a mediocre British composer,
as opposed to a really good American,
ridiculous because they automatically respect a composer if he's from England.
- John Corigliano

No more distressing moment can ever face a British
government than that which requires it to come to a hard,
fast and specific decision.
- Barbara Tuchman

My jokes are in my head and I have a duplicate copy
of my jokes in a lot of British comics' heads,
where they are safe.
- Emo Philips

When my father arrived in Kenya, he had found the Kikuyu
way of life similar to that of the British at the time
the Romans invaded England 2,000 years ago.
- Louis Leakey

I am confident that the British people will not be
intimidated by terrorism.
- Tom Allen

There just seems to be more acceptance now of...
other kinds of British films, than the picture-postcard ones.
- Tim Roth

As for the British churchman, he goes to church as he goes to the bathroom,
with the minimum of fuss and no explanation if he can help it.
- Ronald Blythe

My hobbies are cooking and gardening,
especially growing orchids.
I love soccer, my husband and I support a British team called Chelsea,
and I also enjoy tennis.
We have 3 cats.
- Juliet Mills

Gandhi has asked that the British Government should
walk out of India and leave the Indian people to settle
differences among themselves,
even if it means chaos and confusion.
- Stafford Cripps

I went over before the British Open and played Valderrama
thinking that I might make the team,
might be a captain's pick.
I made the effort to go over there.
- Payne Stewart

American audiences tend to be more expressive than British ones.
- Simon Pegg

I'm not at all fed up with British films,
but I am fed up with playing upper-class people.
- Kristin Scott Thomas

Although the Chinese had used opium as a medicine,
there was no widespread addiction before the British arrived.
- Robert Trout

There is not a single injustice in Northern Ireland
that is worth the loss of a single British soldier
or a single Irish citizen either.
- James Callaghan

In my opinion the greatest advantage we can at present expect from our Navy;
for at this early period We can not expect to have
a Navy to cope with the British.
- William Whipple

I know the British people and they are not passengers -
they are drivers.
- David Cameron

We've always had a pretty competitive and pretty ferocious
battle with British Airways...
It's lasted now about 14 years, and we're very pleased to have survived it.
- Richard Branson

A British pressing with a compilation of the best stuff really,
I mean actually not only that but, these were all kind
of semi hits for the people on it in America.
- Eric Clapton

I mean, I think in the early days we were pretty...
pretty British in our entertainment leads.
- Graeme Murphy

The House of Lords is the British Outer Mongolia for retired politicians.
- Tony Benn

The British keep employing me, and that makes me like them.
It also makes me think they're very intelligent.
- John Cusack


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