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When the curtain falls, the best thing an actor can do is to go away. ...
by Harold MacMillan

When the curtain falls, the best thing an actor can do is to go away.
- Harold MacMillan

A man who trusts nobody is apt to be the kind of man nobody trusts.
- Harold MacMillan

No man succeeds without a good woman behind him.
Wife or mother, if it is both, he is twice blessed indeed.
- Harold MacMillan

I was determined that no British government should
be brought down by the action of two tarts.
- Harold MacMillan

 

He is forever poised between a cliche and an indiscretion.
- Harold MacMillan

Power? It's like a Dead Sea fruit.
When you achieve it, there is nothing there.
- Harold MacMillan

There might be 1 finger on the trigger,
but there will be 15 fingers on the safety catch.
- Harold MacMillan

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At home, you always have to be a politician;
when you're abroad,
you almost feel yourself a statesman.
- Harold MacMillan

I read a great number of press reports and find comfort
in the fact that they are nearly always conflicting.
- Harold MacMillan

To be alive at all involves some risk.
- Harold MacMillan

I have never found, in a long experience of politics,
that criticism is ever inhibited by ignorance.
- Harold MacMillan

Tradition does not mean that the living are dead,
it means that the dead are living.
- Harold MacMillan

If you don't believe in God, all you have to believe in is decency.
Decency is very good.
Better decent than indecent.
But I don't think it's enough.
- Harold MacMillan

In long experience I find that a man who trusts nobody
is apt to be the kind of man nobody trusts.
- Harold MacMillan

Memorial services are the cocktail parties of the geriatric set.
- Harold MacMillan

Britain's most useful role is somewhere between bee and dinosaur.
- Harold MacMillan

Marxism is like a classical building that followed the Renaissance;
beautiful in its way,
but incapable of growth.
- Harold MacMillan

Once the bear's hug has got you, it is apt to be for keeps.
- Harold MacMillan

I was a sort of son to Ike, and it was the other way round with Kennedy.
- Harold MacMillan

It's no use crying over spilt summits.
- Harold MacMillan

As usual the Liberals offer a mixture of sound and original ideas.
Unfortunately none of the sound ideas is original and
none of the original ideas is sound.
- Harold MacMillan

We have not overthrown the divine right of kings to
fall down for the divine right of experts.
- Harold MacMillan

No man should ever lose sleep over public affairs.
- Harold MacMillan

(A Foreign Secretary) is forever poised between the
cliche and the indiscretion.
- Harold MacMillan

It is the duty of Her Majesty's government neither to flap nor to falter.
- Harold MacMillan

If people want a sense of purpose they should get it from their archbishop.
They should certainly not get it from their politicians.
- Harold MacMillan

It has been said that there is no fool like an old fool,
except a young fool.
But the young fool has first to grow up to be an old
fool to realize what a damn fool he was when he was a young fool.
- Harold MacMillan

To be admitted to Nature's hearth costs nothing.
None is excluded, but excludes himself.
You have only to push aside the curtain.
- Henry David Thoreau

But Nature cast me for the part she found me best fitted for,
and I have had to play it, and must play it till the curtain falls.
- Edwin Booth

A good essay must have this permanent quality about it;
it must draw its curtain round us,
but it must be a curtain that shuts us in not out.
- Virginia Woolf

From behind the Iron Curtain, there are signs that tyranny
is in trouble and reminders that its structure
is as brittle as its surface is hard.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

I didn't like the play, but then I saw it under adverse conditions -
the curtain was up.
- Groucho Marx

The critic leaves at curtain fall To find,
in starting to review it, He scarcely saw the play
at all For starting to review it.
- E. B. White

Twilight drops her curtain down, and pins it with a star.
- Lucy Maud Montgomery

I never went to business school.
I was just bumbling through a lot of my life.
I was like the guy behind the curtain in The Wizard of Oz.
- David Geffen

On the morrow the horizon was covered with clouds-
a thick and impenetrable curtain between earth and sky,
which unhappily extended as far as the Rocky Mountains.
It was a fatality!
- Jules Verne

This scepticism is the same scepticism I heard a generation
ago in the USSR when few thought that a democratic
transformation behind the iron curtain was possible.
- Natan Sharansky

The moment the curtain rose on that first ballet,
I knew something wonderful and new had come into my life.
I can still see the first scene.
The ballet was Divertimento No.
15.
- Robert Caro

Hurried and worried until we're buried,
and there's no curtain call, Lifes a very funny proposition after all.
- George M. Cohan

I don't display my plaques and honors.
They are hidden behind a black curtain in my work room at home.
- John Cameron

When we went on the air, I didn't want to be interrupted for an act-one curtain.
- Norman Lear

It's not scary to make a horror film because you get
to pull back the curtain and see that none of it's real.
When you're watching one, the terror bombards you.
- Josh Hartnett

From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic,
an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.
- Winston Churchill

There's no twilight in the tropics.
Night falls like a curtain.
- Waldemar Young

My greatest trouble is getting the curtain up and down.
- T. S. Eliot

Who's not sat tense before his own heart's curtain.
- James Russell Lowell

One of the few things in dance to match the Royal Ballet's
curtain calls is the Royal Ballet's dancing.
- Clive Barnes

I had a jeep made up for Michael, and he would take it on tour,
and he would hide behind it, like a curtain.
- Rick Dees

Who has not sat before his own heart's curtain? It lifts:
and the scenery is falling apart.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

God continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies
of America to give us probably what we deserve.
- Jerry Falwell

Conscience is the window of our spirit,
evil is the curtain.
- Douglas Horton

One blob of red in the wrong place and the audience
isn't looking at the hero,
they're looking at a patch of curtain (or something
similar) and your whole effect is lost.
- Terence Fisher

Curtain!
Fast music!
Light!
Ready for the last finale!
Great!
The show looks good, the show looks good!
- Florenz Ziegfeld

You come in off the street, through the doors of the theater.
You sit down.
The lights go down and the curtain goes up.
And you're in another world.
- Robert Caro

There's the fatigue that you have to forget about,
because the red curtain still has to rise.
- Mireille Mathieu

With Hitchcock I had little relationship.
I was called to replace Bernard Herrmann,
his favorite composer, in Torn Curtain,
after the bitter fight between them.
- Maurice Jarre

Why do we need to wait until somebody sells 10 million
records to give people a show like that? What about us smaller,
hungry folk? At least gimme a curtain!
- Angie Stone

I always stayed for the first curtain call and people always said,
'Who's that?' But this got me started in acting.
- James Stewart

But scientists on both sides of the iron curtain played
a very significant role in maintaining the momentum
of the nuclear arms race throughout the four decades of the Cold War.
- Joseph Rotblat

I wrote somewhere during the Cold War that I sometimes
wish the Iron Curtain were much taller than it is,
so that you could see whether the development of science
with no communication was parallel on the two sides.
In this case it certainly wasn't.
- Thomas Gold

The road passed through a curtain of pine forest and came out on a flat,
rolling snow field.
In this field the sprawled or bunched bodies of Germans lay thick,
like some dark shapeless vegetable.
- Martha Gellhorn

Well, I go to the theater today, and its curtain -
there is no curtain in this play; the lights go down and go up -
and we start.
And I live this character for two hours.
There are only two of us in the play.
And It's a complete experience.
- Eli Wallach

Believe me, it jabs you.
When you're on the side of buses and New York loves you,
you love to go out there every night.
It's like a race.
Curtain opens, out you go, and New York is yours.
- Angela Lansbury

He greatly valued his possessions, chiefly because they were his,
and derived genuine pleasure from contemplating a painting,
a statuette, a rare lace curtain - no matter what -
after he had bought it and placed it among his household gods.
- Kate Chopin

An opera begins long before the curtain goes up and
ends long after it has come down.
It starts in my imagination, it becomes my life,
and it stays part of my life long after I've left the opera house.
- Maria Callas

The horrors of the Second World War,
the chilling winds of the Cold War and the crushing
weight of the Iron Curtain are little more than fading memories.
Ideals that once commanded great loyalty are now taken for granted.
- Jan Peter Balkenende

Yes, there is plenty of hard work for them in addition
to that which they do when they appear,
smiling and happy, when the curtain goes up.
Giving a performance is the least of their worries.
- Florenz Ziegfeld

Once the curtain is raised, the actor is ceases to belong to himself.
He belongs to his character, to his author,
to his public.
He must do the impossible to identify himself with the first,
not to betray the second, and not to disappoint the third.
- Sarah Bernhardt

I would rather the man who presents something for my
consideration subject me to a zephyr of truth and a
gentle breeze of responsibility rather than blow me
down with a curtain of hot wind.
- Grover Cleveland

We didn't know anything about comedy duos -
Abbot and Costello,
Martin and Lewis - we didn't know anything about that.
Kim Fields showed us a tape of Martin and Lewis and
their old shows and they come through the curtain so
we started doing research on them.
- Kel Mitchell

You could get in rehearsals, pre-production,
anything that would actually contribute to the understanding of how a film gets made.
I actually find those things increase people's interest
in a movie and like that better than worrying about
showing the tricks behind the curtain.
- Jay Roach


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