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Definition of a classic: a book everyone is assumed
by Alan Bennett

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

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

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

My films are about embarrassment.
- Alan Bennett

 

Life is generally something that happens elsewhere.
- Alan Bennett

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing
over and over and expecting different results.
- Albert Einstein

Being wakeful in each and every moment of your life is meditation.
The simplest definition of meditation is:
when seeing, just see; when hearing, just hear.
- Josh Baran

Truth cannot be defined,
although it can certainly be experienced.
But experience is not a definition.
A definition is made by the mind,
experience comes through participating.
If somebody asks, "What is a dance?" how can you define it?
But you can dance and you can know the inner feel of it.
God is the ultimate dance.
- Osho

A working definition of Honor is,
"respect or esteem that has been earned."
Contemplate that for a moment.
It would be very special to earn the respect and esteem
of our family, our friends, our co-workers, our community, wouldn't it?
If anything, it is of even more moment to honor yourself.
Those who are successful and happy earn their own
self-respect and self-esteem.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My definition of success is to live your life in a way
that causes you to feel a ton of pleasure and very little pain -
and because of your lifestyle, have the people around you feel
a lot more pleasure than they do pain.
- Tony Robbins

If we take the generally accepted definition of bravery
as a quality which knows no fear, I have never seen a brave man.
All men are frightened. The more intelligent they are,
the more they are frightened.
- George S. Patton

Not only is women's work never done,
the definition keeps changing.
- Bill Copeland

Definition of Statistics: The science of producing
unreliable facts from reliable figures.
- Evan Esar

Never be bullied into silence.
Never allow yourself to be made a victim.
Accept no one's definition of your life;
define yourself.
- Harvey Fierstein

God...
a being whose only definition is that he is beyond man's power to conceive.
- Ayn Rand

One of the definitions of sanity is the ability to tell real from unreal.
Soon we'll need a new definition.
- Alvin Toffler

Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically,
by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.
- Gore Vidal

Let me give you a definition of ethics:
It is good to maintain and further life
it is bad to damage and destroy life.
- Albert Schweitzer

It is not worth an intelligent man's time to be in the majority.
By definition, there are already enough people to do that.
- G. H. Hardy

People are pretty much alike.
It's only that our differences are more susceptible
to definition than our similarities.
- Linda Ellerbee

For in reason, all government without the consent of
the governed is the very definition of slavery.
- Jonathan Swift

There is no definition of beauty, but when you can
see someone's spirit coming through,
something unexplainable, that's beautiful to me.
- Liv Tyler

Definition of a Statistician: A man who believes figures don't lie,
but admits than under analysis some of them won't stand up either.
- Evan Esar

Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast
possession of definition.
- Eli Khamarov

In computing, turning the obvious into the useful is
a living definition of the word "frustration".
- Alan Perlis

Everybody has a different definition of the good side.
- Will Wright

Retaliation is related to nature and instinct,
not to law.
Law, by definition, cannot obey the same rules as nature.
- Albert Camus

We can all be geniuses because one definition of genius
is the infinite capacity for taking pains.
- Knute Rockne

The definition of a good mathematical problem is the
mathematics it generates rather than the problem itself.
- Andrew Wiles

I think that one possible definition of our modern
culture is that it is one in which nine-tenths of our
intellectuals can't read any poetry.
- Randall Jarrell

I don't know what this definition of affirmative action is for some.
- Chaka Fattah

Personally, I don't like the term 'success.'
It's too arbitrary and too relative a thing.
It's usually someone else's definition,
not yours.
- Ichiro Suzuki

If you look up the definition of greatness in the dictionary,
it will say Michael Jordan.
- Elgin Baylor

Definition, rationality, and structure are ways of seeing,
but they become prisons when they blank out other ways of seeing.
- A. R. Ammons

It's the perfect definition of a settlement.
Both parties didn't get what they wanted.
- David Geffen

Politicians as a class are dangerous,
that people who are seeking power over us are not,
by definition, our friends.
- James Bovard

My definition of an educated man is the fellow who
knows the right thing to do at the time it has to be done.
You can be sincere and still be stupid.
- Charles Kettering

With pop stars or film stars, we become the object
of people's self-definition,
as well as the object of sexual definition.
- George Michael

I am told that the clinical definition of insanity
is the tenancy to do the same thing over and over again
and expect different results.
- Stephen F. Lynch

Perhaps the best definition of progress would be the
continuing efforts of men and women to narrow the gap
between the convenience of the powers that be and the unwritten charter.
- Nadine Gordimer

And that is my definition of democracy,
the right to be in a minority and not be suppressed.
- Lee Harvey Oswald

My definition of a redundancy is an air-bag in a politician's car.
- Larry Hagman

I think the definition of an artist is not necessarily
tied into excellence or talent;
an artist is somebody who,
if you took away their freedom to make art,
would lose their mind.
- Richard Price

The true definition of a snob is one who craves for
what separates men rather than for what unites them.
- John Buchan

My definition of modernism took a while to develop.
- Peter Gay

The proper words in the proper places are the true definition of style.
- Jonathan Swift

My definition of success is control.
- Kenneth Branagh

I've always been clear, I support the traditional definition of marriage.
- Stephen Harper

My old teacher's definition of poetry is an attempt to understand.
- Thom Gunn

Definition of 'Free': You pay for it whether or not you elect to receive it.
- Aaron Allston

A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.
- George Bernard Shaw

If I had to give a definition of capitalism I would say:
the process whereby American girls turn into American women.
- Christopher Hampton

Democrats' definition of "rich" - always seems to be
set just above whatever the salary happens to be for a member of Congress.
Perhaps that says it all.
- Steve Steckler

There is no question that Taiwan is a state in any
political science definition of a state.
- William Kirby

Well, fluffy shirts are, by definition,
very comfortable.
- Hugh Dancy

My definition of an adventure game is an interactive
story set with puzzles and obstacles to solve and worlds to explore.
- Roberta Williams

I think what's happening here is, there's a group or
maybe one person who is saying this is gonna be the
definition and this is what we want to get the kids to do now.
- Grandmaster Flash

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the definition
of a marriage as between one man and one woman.
- Randy Neugebauer

The question of the family now divides our society
so deeply that the opposing sides cannot even agree
on a definition of the institution they are arguing about.
- Christopher Lasch

I don't know how one actually would define obscenity.
I'm sure the definition is different according to the age one is living in.
- Jane Alexander

Well, I am not 100 percent sure of the definition of polemic,
but it wasn't meant to convince anybody of anything.
- Art Spiegelman


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