Hilary Mantel’s Top 10 Popular and Famous Quotes

Ten of My Favourite Hilary Mantel Quotes 

Hilary Mantel, a writer whom I am guessing you love? Here are our 10 best Hilary Mantel quotes for you to enjoy. At Australia Unwrapped we believe every book has at least one quotable line, and our mission is to find them all. Here you will find Hilary Mantel’s top 10 popular and famous quotes. Like every good writer Hilary Mantel made a number of memorable quotes, here are some of our favourites: 

Popular Quotes

“Some of these things are true and some of them lies. But they are all good stories.”
― Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall

 “The word ‘however’ is like an imp coiled beneath your chair. It induces ink to form words you have not yet seen, and lines to march across the page and overshoot the margin. There are no endings. If you think so you are deceived as to their nature. They are all beginnings. Here is one.”
― Hilary Mantel, Bring Up the Bodies

“The trouble with England, he thinks, is that it’s so poor in gesture. We shall have to develop a hand signal for ‘Back off, our prince is fucking this man’s daughter.’ He is surprised that the Italians have not done it. Though perhaps they have, and he just never caught on.”
― Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall

 “Why are we so attached to the severities of the past? Why are we so proud of having endured our fathers and our mothers, the fireless days and the meatless days, the cold winters and the sharp tongues? It’s not as if we had a choice.”
― Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall

 “When you are writing laws you are testing words to find their utmost power. Like spells, they have to make things happen in the real world, and like spells, they only work if people believe in them.”
― Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall

 “The things you think are the disasters in your life are not the disasters really. Almost anything can be turned around: out of every ditch, a path, if you can only see it.”
― Hilary Mantel, Bring Up the Bodies

“It is all very well planning what you will do in six months, what you will do in a year, but it’s no good at all if you don’t have a plan for tomorrow.”
― Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall

 “You learn nothing about men by snubbing them and crushing their pride. You must ask them what it is they can do in this world, that they alone can do.”
― Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall

“It is the absence of facts that frightens people: the gap you open, into which they pour their fears, fantasies, desires.”
― Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall

“You’re only young once, they say, but doesn’t it go on for a long time? More years than you can bear.”
― Hilary Mantel, An Experiment in Love

10 Famous Quotes by Author Hilary Mantel

Quotes for all, here you found our selection of 10 Hilary Mantel quotes. Make sure you help by commenting your best Hilary Mantel quote below and sharing our favourite authors so we can look them up, read some of their works and give you the best quotes we can find. We hope you enjoyed our top 10 quotes by Hilary Mantel. However, feel free to comment below if you disagree or would like to include some other great and memorable Hilary Mantel quotes in our list. 

One Final Bonus – Hilary Mantel Quote 

“If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to ­music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don’t just stick there scowling at the problem. But don’t make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people’s words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient.”

[The Guardian, 25 February 2010]”
― Hilary Mantel

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