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He invented this idea of telling the life story of
by Simon Callow

He invented this idea of telling the life story of
a great writer through becoming his characters and becoming him.
It was such a pleasure and I thought we must find another writer.
- Simon Callow

Bleak House is just the most astounding piece of work.
There's huge, visionary poetry in it.
- Simon Callow

When the BBC decided to bring Doctor Who back as a
feature film a few years ago,
one national newspaper ran a poll to ask its readers
who should be the new Doctor,
and I topped it.
- Simon Callow

He spent hours and hours and hours practising these conjuring tricks.
It's just such a curious thing.
- Simon Callow

 

I get sent a lot of scripts which feature him as a
kind of all-purpose Victorian literary character and
really understand little,
if anything, about him, his life or his books.
- Simon Callow

He always describes his characters' voices and their physique so brilliantly.
As people have said, they are cartoons,
caricatures.
They're grotesques really.
- Simon Callow

Technology has to be invented or adopted.
- Jared Diamond

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If somebody invented cigarettes today,
the government would not legalize them.
- Loni Anderson

In the name of Hypocrites, doctors have invented the
most exquisite form of torture ever known to man:
survival.
- Edward Everett Hale

The judicial system is the most expensive machine ever
invented for finding out what happened and what to do about it.
- Irving R. Kaufman

Ben Franklin may have discovered electricity-
but it is the man who invented the meter who made the money.
- Earl Warren

I just invent, then wait until man comes around to
needing what I've invented.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

My father invented a cure for which there was no disease
and unfortunately my mother caught it and died of it.
- Victor Borge

Work is a necessity for man.
Man invented the alarm clock.
- Pablo Picasso

Everything that can be invented has been invented.
- Charles H. Duell [attributed]
(Commissioner, US Patent Office, in 1899)

I am the primitive of the method I have invented.
- Paul Cezanne

The most technologically efficient machine that man
has ever invented is the book.
- Northrop Frye

Whoever invented double clicking should be shot in the head!
Twice!
- Craig Bruce

I have invented the Thermometer style.
- Josef Albers

No one person invented Mulberry.
The knowledge that we had to have this floating harbor slowly grew.
- Lord Mountbatten

There's no denying that television is one of the most
powerful propaganda media we've ever invented.
- Jim Fowler

The musician is perhaps the most modest of animals,
but he is also the proudest.
It is he who invented the sublime art of ruining poetry.
- Erik Satie

Morality, like language, is an invented structure for
conserving and communicating order.
And morality is learned, like language,
by mimicking and remembering.
- Jane Rule

Fiction was invented the day Jonas arrived home and
told his wife that he was three days late because he
had been swallowed by a whale.
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Casey knew his baseball.
He only made it look like he was fooling around.
He knew every move that was ever invented and some
that we haven't even caught on to yet.
- Sparky Anderson

I don't know who invented high heels,
but all women owe him a lot.
- Marilyn Monroe

Injections are the best thing ever invented for feeding doctors.
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A created thing is never invented and it is never true:
it is always and ever itself.
- Federico Fellini

He was a wise man who invented beer.
- Plato

Shame is an unhappy emotion invented by pietists in
order to exploit the human race.
- Blake Edwards

Confusion is a word we have invented for an order which is not understood.
- Henry Miller

Nature, when she invented, manufactured,
and patented her authors, contrived to make critics
out of the chips that were left.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Poetry was invented as an mnemonic device to enable
people to remember their prayers.
- Peter Davison

Nobody ever invented a polite word for a killing yet.
- Thelma Ritter

Television is something the Russians invented to destroy American education.
- Paul Erdos

I thought I was going to be a filmmaker but at the
same time I was an intellectual and I felt that I could
make a contribution to some field,
as yet, not invented.
- Ted Nelson

I took thought, and invented what I conceived to be
the appropriate title of 'agnostic'.
- Thomas Huxley

I have loved but one flag and I can not share that
devotion and give affection to the mongrel banner invented
for the League of Nations.
- Henry Cabot Lodge

Universal education is the most corroding and disintegrating
poison that liberalism has ever invented for its own destruction.
- Adolf Hitler

There is only one cure for gray hair.
It was invented by a Frenchman.
It is called the guillotine.
- P. G. Wodehouse

The character I play is a wonderful compilation of
things I hate about myself and things I love about
myself and things that I've invented to make her even
more interesting than me.
- Camryn Manheim

The system of idolatry, invented by modern christianity,
far surpasses in absurdity anything that we have ever heard of.
- Orson Pratt

Every perfect life is a parable invented by God.
- Simone Weil

I will always find even the worst paintings that attempt
some kind of representation better than the best invented paintings.
- Balthus

If Al Gore invented the Internet, I invented spell check.
- Dan Quayle

In the old days when people invented a new function
they had something useful in mind.
- Henri Poincare

Bacchus, n.: A convenient deity invented by the ancients
as an excuse for getting drunk.
- Ambrose Bierce

As far as I'm concerned, "whom" is a word that was
invented to make everyone sound like a butler.
- Calvin Trillin

I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill.
- Thomas A. Edison

In 1905 Albert discovered Relativity,
in 1906 he invented Rock and Roll.
- Yahoo Serious

My father hated radio and could not wait for television
to be invented so he could hate that too.
- Peter De Vries

Good thing we've still got politics in Texas -
finest form of free entertainment ever invented.
- Molly Ivins

The first of these phases is that of grammar,
invented by the Greeks and carried on unchanged by the French.
It never had any philosophical view of a language as such.
- Ferdinand de Saussure

The thing I would most like to see invented is a way
of teaching children and grown-ups the difference between right and wrong.
- Robert Maxwell

Once the Xerox copier was invented, diplomacy died.
- Andrew Young

Perhaps naively I thought people understand what humor was,
that it was invented by the human race to cope with the dark areas of life,
problems and terrors.
- Bill Forsyth

Most people are really stunned to find out that the
technology has been around for more than 100 years,
and that the diesel engine was in fact invented to run on vegetable oil.
- Daryl Hannah

One of my other nicknames was Thomas Edison,
because I invented so many moves.
- Earl Monroe

If there were no poetry on any day in the world,
poetry would be invented that day.
For there would be an intolerable hunger.
- Muriel Rukeyser

They invented the All-Star game for Willie Mays.
- Ted Williams

It's the movies that have really been running things
in America ever since they were invented.
They show you what to do, how to do it,
when to do it, how to feel about it,
and how to look how you feel about it.
- Andy Warhol

I wish I had invented blue jeans.
They have expression, modesty, sex appeal,
simplicity - all I hope for in my clothes.
- Yves Saint Laurent

God invented concubinage, satan marriage.
- Francis Picabia

I invented the cordless extension cord.
- Steven Wright

Of all possible debauches, traveling is the greatest that I know;
that's the one they invented when they got tired of all the others.
- Gustave Flaubert

I think there's great potential for autonomy,
but we have to remember that we live in a world where
people may have free will but have not invented their circumstances.
- Thomas Frank

Animals are something invented by plants to move seeds around.
An extremely yang solution to a peculiar problem which they faced.
- Terence McKenna

Since both its national products, snow and chocolate,
melt, the cuckoo clock was invented solely in order
to give tourists something solid to remember it by.
- Alan Coren

God invented mankind because he loved silly stories.
- Ralph Steadman

I invented 'It's a good thing' before you were even born.
- Martha Stewart

Benjamin Franklin may have discovered electricity,
but it was the man who invented the meter who made the money.
- Earl Wilson


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