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Alan Bennett Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Alan Bennett

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I write plays about things that I can't resolve in my mind.
I try to root things out.
- Alan Bennett

Those who have known the famous are publicly debriefed of their memories,
knowing as their own dusk falls that they will only
be remembered for remembering someone else.
- Alan Bennett

Definition of a classic: a book everyone is assumed
to have read and often thinks they have.
- Alan Bennett

I've never seen the point of the sea,
except where it meets the land.
The shore has a point.
The sea has none.
- Alan Bennett

 

Children always assume the sexual lives of their parents
come to a grinding halt at their conception.
- Alan Bennett

My films are about embarrassment.
- Alan Bennett

Life is like a box of sardines and we are all looking for the key.
- Alan Bennett

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We started off trying to set up a small anarchist community,
but people wouldn't obey the rules.
- Alan Bennett

We were put to Dickens as children but it never quite took.
That unremitting humanity soon had me cheesed off.
- Alan Bennett

Your whole life is on the other side of the glass.
And there is nobody watching.
- Alan Bennett

Cancer, like any other illness, is a bore.
- Alan Bennett

If you think squash is a competitive activity,
try flower arranging.
- Alan Bennett

Life is generally something that happens elsewhere.
- Alan Bennett

Were we closer to the ground as children,
or is the grass emptier now?
- Alan Bennett

I'm all in favour of free expression provided it's
kept rigidly under control.
- Alan Bennett

Write your Sad times in Sand,
Write your Good times in Stone.
- George Bernard Shaw PHOTO

Always speak the truth,
think before you speak,
and write it down afterwards.
- Lewis Carroll

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
- Winston Churchill

Persevere. Plan. Strategize. Focus. Breathe. Write.
Let go: relax. Forgive. All this failing: take a nap.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

One of the illusions of life is that the present hour
is not the critical, decisive hour.
Write it on your heart that
every day is the best day in the year.
No man has learned anything rightly,
until he knows that every day is Doomsday.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

What a book a devil's chaplain might write
on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low,
and horribly cruel work of nature!
- Charles Darwin

Do not save your loving speeches
For your friends till they are dead;
Do not write them on their tombstones,
Speak them rather now instead.
- Anna Cummins

The illiterate are not those who cannot read and write,
but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
- Alvin Toffler

Write it on your heart that every day
is the best day in the year.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Writers write.
Dreamers talk about it.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

If you can speak what you will never hear,
if you can write what you will never read,
you have done rare things.
- Henry David Thoreau

When I write software, I know that it will fail,
either due to my own mistake, or due to some other cause.
- Wietse Venema

We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason
if we dig deep in our history and remember
that we are not descended from fearful men,
not from men who feared to write, to speak,
to associate and to defend causes
which were for the moment unpopular.
- Edward R. Murrow

It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak
or write very often about his job.
It releases tension needed for his work.
- Henry Moore

Everyone thinks they're going to write one book of poems or one novel.
- Marilyn Hacker

The man who has done his level best...
is a success, even though the world may write him down a failure.
- B. C. Forbes

A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.
- Gertrude Stein

We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.
- John Fowles

Real programmers can write assembly code in any language.
- Larry Wall

I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.
- Edgar Allan Poe

Golf is a game in which you yell "fore,"
shoot six,
and write down five.
- Paul Harvey

Always write angry letters to your enemies.
Never mail them.
- James Fallows

If you continually write and read yourself as a fiction,
you can change what's crushing you.
- Jeanette Winterson

Poets can't resist the dramatic pull of their lives
and so inevitably write autobiographical verse.
- John Barton

I am writing in the garden.
To write as one should of a garden one must write not
outside it or merely somewhere near it,
but in the garden.
- Frances Hodgson Burnett

I write every day when I'm at home -
trying to catch up with correspondence.
- Colin Dexter

I wake up early in the morning and walk for an hour.
If I have something to write, I prefer to write in
the morning until midday,
and in the afternoon, I eat.
- Naguib Mahfouz

I don't think about the styles.
I write whatever comes out and I use whatever kind
of instrumentation works for those songs.
- Lenny Kravitz

It's one thing you aspire to: someday,
you'll be able to write a book.
- Thomas Keller

One can't write without having read -
you have to read before beginning to write -
and universities offer a very good opportunity to read.
- Nathalie Sarraute

For each letter received from a creditor,
write fifty lines on an extraterrestrial subject and you will be saved.
- Charles Baudelaire

There are people who would rather choke than go see my movies.
They write me letters all the time.
- Alec Baldwin

Nothing goes by luck in composition.
It allows of no tricks.
The best you can write will be the best you are.
- Henry David Thoreau

Many who resort to crime ultimately can't read or write.
- Wally Amos

SOON was the first novel where I used a rough outline.
Usually I have characters and an idea and write as a process of discovery.
Like working without a net.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

Because the more you write the more you're aware of
the weight of your tradition and the difficulties of
the form and the more you have already done that you do not want to do again.
- Tobias Wolff

The more I do in my life, the more I can write music about new experiences.
- Ken Hill

I write my plays to create an excuse for full-tilt acting and performing.
- Eric Bogosian

I don't actually sit down and write,
but I just have a lot of different ideas about films and making movies.
- Obie Trice

I'm very happy with the way I write.
I think I do it good.
But I've never really considered myself a writer.
- Quentin Tarantino

I wanted to play piano, and that slid quickly into writing -
it wasn't enough to play other people's notes:
I had to write notes too.
- Luc Ferrari

Although this is a fictitious story the history is real.
You don't want to re-write history but you certainly
want to portray events and characters as realistically as you can.
- James D'arcy

I probably read 100 times more than I write,
but that way when I move my characters through it,
I know.
- Jean M. Auel

Being able to write an idea down succinctly doesn't
make that idea any better than one which rambles on a bit.
It just comes to the point sooner.
- Simon Travaglia

Right now, I have no idea what I will write or if I will write again.
- Michael Ondaatje

I try and write honestly about what I see around me now.
- Billy Bragg

To write what is worth publishing, to find honest people to publish it,
and get sensible people to read it, are the three great
difficulties in being an author.
- Charles Caleb Colton

If there is a book that you want to read,
but it hasn't been written yet, you must be the one to write it.
- Toni Morrison

I want to branch out.
I want to write.
I write poetry.
I want to see my children grow up well.
- Annie Lennox

I wish, naturally to prevent the possibility that someone may write an accidental,
superficial, incomplete and perhaps untrue picture of me.
- Conrad Veidt

In my position you have to read when you want to write
and to talk when you would like to read.
- Catherine II

I asked him, How could we have a press column if we
can't write about other work done in the press?
- Sydney Schanberg

I like to write songs about what's happening,
what I see around me and what I hear.
Everyday life.
Someone may be talking to me and I may take it from that.
- Desmond Dekker

No one knows how to write a novel until it's been written.
- Alice Hoffman

Well I guess the plan was to write poetry and publish
books and make a living from writing poetry.
That was a pretty ambitious plan I guess.
- Robert Adamson

Very few people possess true artistic ability.
It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate
the situation by making an effort.
If you have a burning, restless urge to write or paint,
simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass.
- Fran Lebowitz


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