Top 7 Robert Lacey Quotes

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“Saud bin Abd al-Aziz was the moon-faced, shortsighted, bespectacled son of the old founder of Saudi Arabia, who’d always been his father’s protege but had never quite lived up to everything that his father had.”

― Robert Lacey

“I lived in Saudi Arabia in the late 1970s. It was, for a Westerner, pretty idyllic. There were the religious police; there were the rules; there were the prayer times. But it was as if we were existing in two separate universes. The Westerners were just allowed to get on with their way of life.”

― Robert Lacey

“Fear generates anger, and fear generates violence, and those were part of what built the Saudi state.”

― Robert Lacey

“What royal families are very good at doing is surviving and reinventing themselves. That’s true whether it’s a constitutional monarchy in Britain or an authoritarian monarchy.”

― Robert Lacey

“It’s true; I’m fascinated by elite groups.”

― Robert Lacey

“It seems to me that Sotheby’s is very much like the British monarchy: an old and apparently very venerable institution which is in fact very nimble on its feet, an institution invested with a great deal more self-interest than the public image would suggest.”

― Robert Lacey

“My whole life as a grammar-school boy, getting to Cambridge University and working on the ‘London Sunday Times’ has been very aspirational.”

― Robert Lacey
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