15 Quotes by Bill Bryson you will love


Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Bill Bryson is an American author who came to prominence in the United Kingdom with the book Notes from a Small Island in 1995. This book was an exploration of Britain and it was accompanied by a television series at the time.

Bill Bryson has subsequently written numerous books on travel, the English language, science, and other non-fiction topics. His books are warm and witty, and they are a pleasure to read.

Reading Bill Bryson’s travel books is often a better experience than actually going there yourself, I think.

They are all excellent, and I recommend them highly.

Here are 15 quotes by Bill Bryson to give you a flavour of his observations.

Quotes by Bill Bryson:

  1. You may find that your parents are the most delightful people, but you don’t want to live with them. ~Bill Bryson
  2. I’ve never quite understood that feeling: that you arrive in a strange place, yet you want to have nothing but familiar experiences. ~Bill Bryson
  3. My first rule of consumerism is never to buy anything you can’t make your children carry. ~Bill Bryson
  4. In any area of human endeavour, there’s going to be mediocrity. You’re going to find people who get money that they shouldn’t get. ~Bill Bryson
  5. Personally, I’ve never been attracted to danger. It’s not my sort of thing. I am more attracted to pubs and cafes. The known, safe and comfortable world. ~Bill Bryson
  6. A world without newspapers or a world where the newspapers are purely electronic and you read them on a screen is not a very appealing world. ~Bill Bryson
  7. In order to have quality journalism, you need to have a good income stream and no Internet model has produced a way of generating income that would pay for good-quality investigative journalism. ~Bill Bryson
  8. To me, the greatest invention of my lifetime is the laptop computer and the fact that I can be working on a book and be in an airport lounge, in a hotel room, and continue working; I fire up my laptop, and I’m in exactly the same place I was when I left home. That to me is a miracle. ~Bill Bryson
  9. England was full of words I’d never heard before – streaky bacon, short back and sides, Belisha beacon, serviettes, high tea, ice-cream cornet. ~Bill Bryson
  10. Although I was always very happy in Britain, I never stopped thinking of America as home, in the fundamental sense of the term. It was where I came from, what I really understood, the base against which all else was measured. ~Bill Bryson
  11. The world is very lucky to have America. It’s got to be the first time in the whole history of the planet that a country has been the dominant force in the world and it has actually been a force for good… America really deserves more credit. ~Bill Bryson
  12. Very little of what America does is actually bad, and I don’t think it ever does anything anywhere that is intentionally bad. I mean, sometimes we make mistakes and bad judgments and kind of back the wrong regimes and things, but by and large, what America does is really good. ~Bill Bryson
  13. I can’t imagine there has ever been a more gratifying time or place to be alive than America in the 1950s. No country had ever known such prosperity. ~Bill Bryson
  14. I always tell people there’s only one trick to writing: You have to write something that people are willing to pay money to read. It doesn’t have to be very good, necessarily, but somebody, somewhere, has got to be willing to pay money for it. ~Bill Bryson
  15. Science has been quite embattled. It’s the most important thing there is. An arts graduate is not going to fix global warming. They may do other valuable things, but they are not going to fix the planet or cure cancer or get rid of malaria. ~Bill Bryson
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