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Contrary to general belief,
by Peter Ustinov

Contrary to general belief,
I do not believe that friends are necessarily
the people you like best,
they are merely the people who got there first.
- Peter Ustinov

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Love is an act of endless forgiveness,
a tender look which becomes a habit.
- Peter Ustinov

If Botticelli were alive today he'd be working for Vogue.
- Peter Ustinov

Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.
- Peter Ustinov

 

Laughter would be bereaved if snobbery died.
- Peter Ustinov

I do not believe that friends are necessarily the people you like best,
they are merely the people who got there first.
- Peter Ustinov

Children are the only form of immortality that we can be sure of.
- Peter Ustinov

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Men think about women.
Women think about what men think about them.
- Peter Ustinov

The habit of religion is oppressive,
an easy way out of thought.
- Peter Ustinov

At the age of four with paper hats and wooden swords we're all Generals.
Only some of us never grow out of it.
- Peter Ustinov

Once we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our mind,
our duty is to furnish it well.
- Peter Ustinov

To refuse awards is another way of accepting them with
more noise than is normal.
- Peter Ustinov

In America, through pressure of conformity,
there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from.
- Peter Ustinov

I'm convinced there's a small room in the attic of
the Foreign Office where future diplomats are taught to stammer.
- Peter Ustinov

Monica Seles: I'd hate to be next door to her on her wedding night.
- Peter Ustinov

I have four children which is not bad considering I'm not a Catholic.
- Peter Ustinov

Books, I don't know what you see in them.
I can understand a person reading them,
but I can't for the life of me see why people have to write them.
- Peter Ustinov

If the world should blow itself up, the last audible
voice would be that of an expert saying it can't be done.
- Peter Ustinov

Playwrights are like men who have been dining for a
month in an Indian restaurant.
After eating curry night after night,
they deny the existence of asparagus.
- Peter Ustinov

People who reach the top of the tree are only those
who haven't got the qualifications to detain them at the bottom.
- Peter Ustinov

The point of living and of being an optimist is to
be foolish enough to believe the best is yet to come.
- Peter Ustinov

Parents are the bones on which children cut their teeth.
- Peter Ustinov

A diplomat these days in nothing, but a head waiter
who is allowed to sit down occasionally.
- Peter Ustinov

Critics search for ages for the wrong word,
which, to give them credit, they eventually find.
- Peter Ustinov

Intelligent or not, we all make mistakes and perhaps
the intelligent mistakes are the worst,
because so much careful thought has gone into them.
- Peter Ustinov

The truth is really an ambition which is beyond us.
- Peter Ustinov

The truth is an ambition which is beyond us.
- Peter Ustinov

Pavarotti is not vain, but conscious of being unique.
- Peter Ustinov

Her virtue was that she said what she thought,
her vice that what she thought didn't amount to much.
- Peter Ustinov

Sex is a conversation carried out by other means.
If you get on well out of bed, half the problems of bed are solved.
- Peter Ustinov

By increasing the size of the keyhole,
today's playwrights are in danger of doing away with the door.
- Peter Ustinov

I have three daughters and I find as a result I played
King Lear almost without rehearsal.
- Peter Ustinov

It is youth that has discovered love as a weapon.
- Peter Ustinov

Courage is often lack of insight, whereas cowardice
in many cases is based on good information.
- Peter Ustinov

The only reason I made a commercial for American Express
was to pay for my American Express bill.
- Peter Ustinov

Corruption is nature's way of restoring our faith in democracy.
- Peter Ustinov

It is our responsibilities, not ourselves,
that we should take seriously.
- Peter Ustinov

The French and the British are such good enemies that
they can't resist being friends.
- Peter Ustinov

I was irrevocably betrothed to laughter,
the sound of which has always seemed to me the most
civilised music in the world.
- Peter Ustinov

I am an optimist, unrepentant and militant.
After all, in order not to be a fool an optimist must
know how sad a place the world can be.
It is only the pessimist who finds this out anew every day.
- Peter Ustinov

The social sciences were for all those who had not
yet decided what to do with their lives,
and for all those whose premature frustrations led
them into the sterile alleys of confrontation.
- Peter Ustinov

If an opinion contrary to your own makes you angry,
that is a sign that you are subconsciously aware
of having no good reason for thinking as you do.
- Bertrand Russell

One defeats a fanatic precisely by not being a fanatic oneself,
but on the contrary by using one's intelligence.
- George Orwell

This communicating of a man's self to his friend
works two contrary effects;
for it redoubleth joys, and cutteth griefs in half.
- Francis Bacon

Real excellence and humility are
not incompatible one with the other,
on the contrary they are twin sisters.
- Jean Baptiste Lacordaire

I hate to see complacency prevail in our lives
when it's so directly contrary to the teaching of Christ.
- Jimmy Carter

Wealth is not without its advantages and the case to the contrary,
although it has often been made, has never proved widely persuasive.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

Faith is not contrary to reason.
- Sherwood Eddy

Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief,
is more powerful in the mature than in the young.
- W. Somerset Maugham

The automobile, both a cause and an effect of this decentralization,
is ideally suited for our vast landscape and our generally
confused and contrary commuting patterns.
- Brock Yates

Faith indeed tells what the senses do not tell,
but not the contrary of what they see.
It is above them and not contrary to them.
- Blaise Pascal

The house has to please everyone, contrary to the work of art which does not.
The work is a private matter for the artist.
The house is not.
- Adolf Loos

On the contrary, all the world would point to that
nation as violating a treaty,
by going to war with a country with whom they had engaged
to enter into arbitration.
- Richard Cobden

Love must precede hatred, and nothing is hated save
through being contrary to a suitable thing which is loved.
And hence it is that every hatred is caused by love.
- Thomas Aquinas

When we long for life without difficulties,
remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and
diamonds are made under pressure.
- Peter Marshall

Among the southern tribes, on the contrary,
hats were sometimes worn in the dance,
although this was not considered in strict accordance with the doctrine.
- James Mooney

Contrary to the claims of some of my critics and some of the editorial pages,
I am an ardent believer in the free market.
- Barack Obama

The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain,
egotistic and self-complacent is erroneous;
on the contrary it makes them,
for the most part, humble, tolerant and kind.
- W. Somerset Maugham

I always do the contrary of what my coaches tell me.
- Bode Miller

Globalization, far from putting an end to power diplomacy between States,
has, on the contrary, intensified it.
- Omar Bongo

Illegal drug use runs contrary to the image of health depicted by cycling.
Distributors of these drugs must be prosecuted more
harshly as they are ciminals.
- Bernard Hinault

Faith certainly tells us what the senses do not,
but not the contrary of what they see;
it is above,
not against them.
- Blaise Pascal

The exact contrary of what is generally believed is often the truth.
- Jean de la Bruyere

On the contrary, woman is the best equipped fighting
machine that ever went to battle.
- Richard Le Gallienne

Socialism, on the contrary, extends its function to
the description of society as it should be,
and the discovery of the means of making it what it should be.
- Benjamin Tucker

Gold, on the contrary, though of little use compared with air or water,
will exchange for a great quantity of other goods.
- David Ricardo

Acting doesn't bring anything to a text.
On the contrary, it detracts from it.
- Elaine Dundy

This disaster did not force us to abandon our ideal;
on the contrary,
from the very first months of the conflict,
it led us to define precisely the conditions for its realization.
- Leon Jouhaux

Truth, like light, blinds.
Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight
that enhances every object.
- Albert Camus

I submit, on the other hand, most respectfully,
that the Constitution not merely does not affirm that principle,
but, on the contrary, altogether excludes it.
- William H. Seward

The shallow consider liberty a release from all law,
from every constraint.
The wise man sees in it, on the contrary,
the potent Law of Laws.
- Walt Whitman


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