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16,814. I found the [Knox’s prison] diary disquieting and worrying ... What was not present in the diary was any empathy, any sympathy, and understanding or insight about what the Kerchers might be experiencing. (Murder Cases & Diary & Miscarriages of Justice: Knox) Professor David Wilson
40,876. To be a good diarist one must have a little snouty, sneaky mind. (Insult & Diary) Harold Nicolson, re Samuel Pepys
70,071. To write a diary every day is like returning to one’s own vomit. Enoch Powell, interview Sunday Times 6th November 1977
70,072. I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train. Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest 1895
70,073. I always say, keep a diary and some day it’ll keep you. Mae West, Every Day’s a Holiday 1937
70,074. It’s not easy keeping a diary. You have to be pretty committed. Karl Pilkington
70,075. I like to read my diary occasionally to remind myself what a miserable, alienated old sod I used to be. Jo Brand
70,076. The uncut diaries are 16 million words. It’s very tiring to do your diary every night before you go to bed. Tony Benn
70,077. The events of the day’s march are now becoming so dreary and dispiriting that one longs to forget them when we camp; it is an effort even to record them in a diary. Robert Falcon Scott
70,078. Everyone thinks I’m showing off when I talk, ridiculous when I’m silent, insolent when I answer, cunning when I have a good idea, lazy when I’m tired, selfish when I eat one bite more than I should. Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
70,081. It’s an odd idea for someone like me to keep a diary; not only because I have never done so before, but because it seems to me that neither I – nor for that matter anyone else – will be interested in the unbosomings of a thirteen-year-old school girl. ibid.
70,079. Please read my diary, look through my things and figure me out. (Diary & Cobain) Kurt Cobain
70,080. That’s what I must avoid: I mustn’t put strangeness where there’s nothing. I think that is the danger of keeping a diary: you exaggerate everything, you are on the look-out, and you continually stretch the truth. Jean-Paul Sartre
71,913. When the novel was invented life seemed more straightforward. There were those who owned the land and those who worked it. And both groups knew where they stood. But when people started to move from place to place they also began to move up and down in the world. This brought friction and misunderstanding. Sometimes just in the words you used. If language didn’t give you away, your taste would. We all think we know what a snob looks like. They think they are the bees’ knees. And never understand that in fact the joke’s on them. In books though it’s quite a different matter. Far from being odious a snob is a novel can be surprisingly good value, and offer not just laughs, they also provide a shortcut into larger themes about who we are and where we fit in. In fact for the novelist the snob is a secret weapon. Some of the greatest novels ever written have a snob at their heart. (Fiction & Literature & Diary & Snobbery) Faulks on Fiction: The Snob, BBC 2011
72,914. In 1861 for the first time Charles Dickens showed the creation of a snob ... Great Expectations. (Fiction & Literature & Snobbery) ibid.
2,047. Diary of a Nobody by Gordon & Weedon Grossmith was published in 1892 and records the daily battles against Life’s minor injustices of a Mr Charles Pooter. (Life’s Like That & Fiction & Literature & Diary & Snobbery) ibid.
81,310. She and her diary were a very real danger to the Kennedys. (Monroe & Diary) Marilyn Monroe: The Missing Evidence, Channel 5 2014
92,627. She was one of the nineteenth century’s most prolific diarists. (Victoria & Diary) A N Wilson, Queen Victoria’s Letters, BBC 2014
96,959. For whom, it suddenly occurred to him to wonder, was he writing this diary? For the future, for the unborn. George Orwell, 1984
98,379. The Diary of Jonathan Harker 3rd May 1885: at last my long journey is drawing to its close. (Dracula & Horror & Journey & Diary) Dracula 1958 starring Michael Gough & Christopher Lee & Melissa Stribling & Carol Marsh 7 Mailes Malleson & John van Eyssen & Olga Dickie & George Benson & Charles Lloyd Pack & George Woodbridge et al, director Terence Fisher, opening lines
104,394. She is perhaps Hitler’s best-known victim. Her book has sold more than twenty-five million copies and has been translated into at least fifty-five languages. She has become a symbol of the ten million souls murdered by the Nazis, Jews and non-Jews and in particular the one and a half million innocent children. She was just fifteen when she died, a miserable and lonely death in a concentration camp in Germany yet she is remembered for her faith in humanity. (Netherlands & Diary & World War II) Anne Frank Remembered, 1995
104,395. The landlord of their apartment turned out to be a Nazi party member and in March 1931 they moved. The bank owned by the family also had serious problems resulting in its complete collapse in the Spring of 1933. (Netherlands & Diary & World War II) ibid.
104,396. In those years before the war Holland was generally good to its Jewish refugees from Germany. (Netherlands & Diary & World War II) ibid.
104,397. At first they conducted a hearts and minds campaign to win over the Dutch, their Aryan brothers. (Netherlands & Diary & World War II) ibid.
104,398. From the beginning Anna addressed her diary as a special friend. (Netherlands & Diary & World War II) ibid.
104,399. For almost a year he [Otto] had been secretly preparing a hiding place for them all … in several rooms behind the company offices. (Netherlands & Diary & World War II) ibid.
104,407. Her increasing problems with her mother … ‘She’s not a mother to me …’ (Netherlands & Diary & World War II) ibid.
104,408. Any one of them could have called the authorities at any time to collect the reward for betraying the Jews in hiding. (Netherlands & Diary & World War II) ibid.
104,409. Their world collapsed … The authorities had been tipped off by an anonymous phone call. (Netherlands & Diary & World War II) ibid.
112,139. It was one of the great discoveries of the last century. Sixty-two volumes of the hand-written personal diaries of one the most infamous and reviled men in modern history: Adolf Hitler. (Hoax & Nazis: Hitler & Diary) History’s Greatest Hoaxes s1e3: Hitler’s Diaries
112,140. Rupert Murdoch paid a cool $500,000 for the rights to publish them in the Sunday Times. (Hoax & Nazis: Hitler & Diary) ibid.
112,141. Having already put in place a deal to buy the Hitler diaries [Magnus] Linklater was tasked with trying to authenticate their contents and validate Murdoch’s proposed purchase. (Hoax & Nazis: Hitler & Diary) ibid.
112,142. The Sunday Times was still not complely sure that the diaries weren’t fakes so they asked revered Cambridge historian Hugh Trevor-Roper … started to have serious doubts. (Hoax & Nazis: Hitler & Diary) ibid.
113,256. I’ve been moved to this mental hospital … but they let me keep my camera which is good isn’t it ’cause it means I can keep on with my diary. The Comic Strip Presents s5e4: Gregory: Diary of a Nutcase
119,684. Did you know he [judge] has a diary? Elina’s diary. He intends to use it. It’s dangerous for me, for everyone. He quoted a few names: it’s deadly. (Gangsters & Diary) Engrenages/Spiral s1e2, Benoit
119,671. I’m curious to see this diary where my name allegedly appears alongside that of Mr Boulou. (Gangsters & Diary) Engrenages/Spiral s1e4, Benoit
133,462. The most a writer can hope from a reader is that he or she should think, here is someone who knows what’s it’s like to be me. (Diary & Writer) Alan Bennett’s Diaries, BBC 2020
133,463. Some of the early ones are so embarrassing I destroyed them. (Diary & Writer) ibid.
133,464. If this film has a point, it’s about fairness and tolerance, and however grudgingly, helping the less fortunate. (Diary & Meaning of Life & Writer) ibid.
133,465. All my life I’ve worn a tie. (Diary & Writer) ibid.
133,466. September 11th: David Cameron has been in Leeds preaching to businessmen the virtues of what he calls the Smart State. This seems to be a state that gets away with doing as little as possible for its citizens. And shuffling as many responsibilities as he can on to whomever thinks can make a profit out of them. (Dairy & Writer & State) ibid.