One can't blame royalty, it's the high proportion of morons among their subjects who make them what they are.
-- John Fowles (1926-2005), on the occasion of
Lord Snowdon's visiting the set of The French
Whether enjoying outstanding success, or during the later years of decline when the money ran out and the literary acclaim ceased, Fowles managed to maintain a steady gloom.
-- Harry Phibbs, reviewing (and quoting liberally
from) Fowles' Journals, Vol. 2, here.