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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Alan Sillitoe on reflection, life, lessons, humanity, writing, mind, perception, society, individuality, hope and inspiration.

10 Alan Sillitoe Quotes On Loneliness, Lessons And Life

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04 March 1928 AD

Died On
25 April 2010 AD

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Nottingham, England

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82

Alan Sillitoe was an English writer and famous as one of ‘The Angry Young Men’ of the 1950s. Not everyone is fortunate enough to be known by their first work but Alan was one of them. He was one of the most important British writers of the post war era. His first ever published work ‘Saturday Night and Sunday Morning’ and a short story ‘The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner’ is what he was known for. These two works were later adapted into films. Starting from 53 of his volumes, which include novels, short stories, plays, children’s fiction, poetry, travel book, drama and many more, few of them were classified on various social themes. ‘The Storyteller’ is considered as one of his best works till date. ‘The Rats and Other Poems’, ‘Travels in Nihilon’, ‘A Start in Life’, ‘The General’ and ‘Birthday’ are some of his noted works. His thoughts, work and writings are very popular among the readers. This highly influential writer has enlightened many about life, attitude and success through his work, thoughts and quotes. We have accumulated Alan Sillitoe’s thoughts, quotations and saying that would sound meaningful to you when you are in doubt.

I'm me and nobody else; and whatever people think I am or say I am, that's what I'm not, because they don't know a bloody thing about me.

- Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Alan Sillitoe

All I'm out for is a good time - all the rest is propaganda.

- Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Alan Sillitoe

Well, it's a good life and a good world, all said and done, if you don't weaken.

- Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Alan Sillitoe

If you went through life refusing all the bait dangled in front of you, that would be no life at all. No changes would be made and you would have nothing to fight against. Life would be dull as ditchwater.

- Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Alan Sillitoe

Whatever people say I am, that's what I'm not.

- Alan Sillitoe

Don't let the bastards get you down.

- Alan Sillitoe

The art of writing is to explain the complications of the human soul with the simplicity that can be universally understood.

- Alan Sillitoe

I was neither glad nor unhappy to see her, but maybe that's what shock does, because I was surprised, that I will say.

- The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner, Alan Sillitoe

Hope to the very end, he told himself, even when you've slipped into the fires of Hell and the flames are searing your guts.

- Alan Sillitoe

Gulls, aeroplaning above the chimney pots, were calling that he must talk to Laura about his plans. He needed no telling, for once in tune to their outlandish cries.

- The German Numbers Woman, Alan Sillitoe