Quotes by Anthony Sampson

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Anthony Terrell Seward Sampson (August 3, 1926December 18, 2004) was a British journalist. During the 1950s he edited the magazine Drum in Johannesburg, South Africa. On returning to the United Kingdom he began a series of major books with Anatomy of Britain (1963). His main themes were how Britain works, as a state, and large corporations.

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The lounge of the main hotel is full of jollity, with large comfortable men sitting in braces; the bar is packed with talkative intellectuals, full of witty disloyalties. The next week the main hotel is suddenly full of dinner-jackets and large hats. The girls are dressed as if for a weekend in the country. When one of the great men of the party comes through, the crowd edges respectfully away, murmuring loyal noises.

Once you touch the trappings of monarchy, like opening an Egyptian tomb, the inside is liable to crumble.
In America journalism is apt to be regarded as an extension of history: in Britain, as an extension of conversation.
Muddle is the extra unknown personality in any committee.
Members rise from CMG (known sometimes in Whitehall as Call Me God) to KCMG (Kindly Call Me God) to GCMG (God Calls Me God).