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A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
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A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom.
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A writer of fiction lives in fear. Each new day demands new ideas and he can never be sure whether he is going to come up with them or not.
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All Norwegian children learn to swim when they are very young because if you can't swim it is difficult to find a place to bathe.
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All through my school life I was appalled by the fact that masters and senior boys were allowed quite literally to wound other boys, and sometimes very severely.
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An autobiography is a book a person writes about his own life and it is usually full of all sorts of boring details.
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Did they preach one thing and practice another, these men of God?
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Egypt was desert country. It was bare and sandy and full of tombs and relics and Egyptians, and I didn't fancy it at all.
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Everyone has some sort of a boat in Norway. NObody sits around in front of the hotel. Nor does anyone sit on the beach.
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Game-playing at school is always fun if you happen to be good at it, and it is hell if you are not. I was one of the lucky ones.
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Homesickness is a bit like seasickness. You don't know how awful it is unti you get it, and when you do, it hits you right in the top of the stomach and you want to die.
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I am only 8 years old, I told myself. No little boy of 8 has ever murdered anyone. It's not possible.
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I began to realise that the large chocolate companies actually did possess inventing rooms, and they took their inventing very seriously.
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I began to realize how simple life could be if one had a regular routine to follow with fixed hours, a fixed salary, and very little original thinking to do.
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I devised a stunt for getting myself sent back home. My idea was that I should all of a sudden develop an attack of acute appendicitis.
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I do have a blurred memory of sitting on the stairs and trying over and over again to tie one of my shoelaces, but that is all that comes back to me of school itself.
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I shot down some German planes and I got shot down myself, crashing in a burst of flames and crawling out, getting rescued by brave soldiers.
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I was a fighter pilot, flying Hurricanes all round the Mediterranean. I flew in the Western Desert of Libya, in Greece, in Syria, in Iraq and in Egypt.
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In 1920, with no penicillin or other magical antibiotic cures, pneumonia in particular was a very dangerous illness indeed.
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My father was a Norwegian who came from a small town near Oslo. He broke his arm at the elbow when he was 14, and they amputated it.
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Nobody gets a nervous breakdown or a heart attack from selling kerosene to gentle country folk from the back of a tanker in Somerset.
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Nowadays you can go anywhere in the world in a few hours, and nothing is fabulous any more.
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On the way to school and on the way back we always passed the sweet-shop. We always stopped. We lingered outside its small window gazing in at the big glass jars.
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Pain was something we were expected to endure. But I doubt very much if you would be entirely happy today if a doctor threw a towel in your face and jumped on you with a knife.
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Pear Drops were exciting because they had a dangerous taste. All of us were warned against eating them, and the result was that we ate them more than ever.
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Prayers were held in Assembly Hall. We all perched in rows on wooden benches while teachers sat up on the platform in armchairs, facing us.
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The Bristol Channel was always my guide, and I was always able to draw an imaginary line from my bed to our house over in Wales. It was a great comfort.
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The rules of Prep were simple but strict. You were forbidden to look up from your work, and you were forbidden to talk.
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The writer has to force himself to work. He has to make his own hours and if he doesn't go to his desk at all there is nobody to scold him.
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The writer walks out of his workroom in a daze. He wants a drink. He needs it.
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There is nothing wrong with a few quick sharp tickles on the rump. They probably do a naughty boy a lot of good.
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Though my father was Norwegian, he always wrote his diaries in perfect English.
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Throughout my young days at school and just afterwards a number of things happened to me that I have never forgotten.
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To shipbrokers, coal was black gold.
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Two hours of writing fiction leaves this writer completely drained. For those two hours he has been in a different place with totally different people.
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Unless you have been to boarding-school when you are very young, it is absolutely impossible to appreciate the delights of living at home.
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When I walked to school in the mornings I would start out alone but would pick up four other boys along the way. We would set out together after school across the village green.
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When I was 2, we moved into an imposing country mansion 8 miles west of Cardiff, Wales.
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