Things began to improve when I went to Rangoon. To begin with, my father was promoted, which meant he was at home more. The matriarchal society was ended, and for the first time, I went to a boys' school.
Money can't buy you happiness but it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery.
One important thing I recall about India was that it was quiet. It was never noisy in the way that life was noisy in London.
I'm a hero with coward's legs.
As I kept having episodes of depression, I realized that it was not a one-off: that I had, well, not a disease, really - more an illness.
I am afraid that, like Timon of Athens, I just cannot let go of my friendships.
Driver Shepherd and I had been detailed to drive Lt. Budden in the Wireless Truck. We had been standing by vehicles for an hour, and nothing had happened, but it happened frequently.
We come across thirty or so hurried graves with makeshift wooden markers. 'Private Edwards, E.', a number, and that was all. Fourteen days ago he was alive, thinking feeling, hoping... If war was a game of cards, I'd say someone was cheating.
I spent many years laughing at Harry Secombe's singing until somebody told me that it wasn't a joke.
I have the body of an eighteen year old. I keep it in the fridge.
How long was I in the army? Five foot eleven.
We reach a secondary road and - here comes the bonus - we pass the Temple of Neptune and Cerene, at Paestum, both looking beautiful in the sunlight. Strung from the Doric columns are lines of soldiers' washing. At last they had been put to practical use. If only the ancient Greeks had known.
I shook hands with a friendly Arab. I still have my right arm to prove it.
Is there anything worn under the kilt? No, it's all in perfect working order.
A sure cure for seasickness is to sit under a tree.
My father was a soldier, which meant that he was a warrior, which meant that he was important. My mother rode a horse and sang in the Governor-General's band, so that made her important as well.
You couldn't enclose people in institutions or hospitals or almshouses in the way the Victorians managed to do. India was too big. Seeing the suffering people was terrible, but I think I was more distraught at the needless cruelty to so many animals.