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I don't think there's been any writer like Samuel Beckett.
by Harold Pinter

I don't think there's been any writer like Samuel Beckett.
He's unique.
He was a most charming man and I used to send him my plays.
- Harold Pinter

There are some good rules and there are some lousy rules.
- Harold Pinter

The Companion of Honour I regarded as an award from
the country for 50 years of work -
which I thought was okay.
- Harold Pinter

One way of looking at speech is to say it is a constant
stratagem to cover nakedness.
- Harold Pinter

 

I don't intend to simply go away and write my plays and be a good boy.
I intend to remain an independent and political intelligence in my own right.
- Harold Pinter

The crimes of the U.S.
throughout the world have been systematic,
constant, clinical, remorseless, and fully documented
but nobody talks about them.
- Harold Pinter

It's so easy for propaganda to work,
and dissent to be mocked.
- Harold Pinter

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One is and is not in the centre of the maelstrom of it all.
- Harold Pinter

Clinton's hands remain incredibly clean,
don't they, and Tony Blair's smile remains as wide as ever.
I view these guises with profound contempt.
- Harold Pinter

I think it is the responsibility of a citizen of any
country to say what he thinks.
- Harold Pinter

One's life has many compartments.
- Harold Pinter

I never think of myself as wise.
I think of myself as possessing a critical intelligence
which I intend to allow to operate.
- Harold Pinter

A short piece of work means as much to me as a long piece of work.
- Harold Pinter

I believe an international criminal court is very much to be desired.
- Harold Pinter

The past is what you remember, imagine you remember,
convince yourself you remember, or pretend you remember.
- Harold Pinter

I was brought up in the War.
I was an adolescent in the Second World War.
And I did witness in London a great deal of the Blitz.
- Harold Pinter

There is a movement to get an international criminal court in the world,
voted for by hundreds of states-but with the noticeable
absence of the United States of America.
- Harold Pinter

Good writing excites me, and makes life worth living.
- Harold Pinter

If Milosevic is to be tried, he has to be tried by a proper court,
an impartial, properly constituted court which has international respect.
- Harold Pinter

Iraq is just a symbol of the attitude of western democracies
to the rest of the world.
- Harold Pinter

I also found being called Sir rather silly.
- Harold Pinter

While The United States is the most powerful nation the world has ever seen,
it is also the most detested nation that the world has ever known.
- Harold Pinter

It was difficult being a conscientious objector in the 1940's,
but I felt I had to stick to my guns.
- Harold Pinter

I could be a bit of a pain in the arse.
Since I've come out of my cancer, I must say I intend
to be even more of a pain in the arse.
- Harold Pinter

My second play, The Birthday Party, I wrote in 1958 -
or 1957.
It was totally destroyed by the critics of the day,
who called it an absolute load of rubbish.
- Harold Pinter

I tend to think that cricket is the greatest thing
that God ever created on earth -
certainly greater than sex,
although sex isn't too bad either.
- Harold Pinter

All that happens is that the destruction of human beings -
unless they're Americans -
is called collateral damage.
- Harold Pinter

Apart from the known and the unknown,
what else is there?
- Harold Pinter

I ought not to speak about the dead because the dead are all over the place.
- Harold Pinter

There's a tradition in British intellectual life of
mocking any non-political force that gets involved in politics,
especially within the sphere of the arts and the theatre.
- Harold Pinter

I mean, don't forget the earth's about five thousand million years old,
at least.
Who can afford to live in the past?
- Harold Pinter

Beckett had an unerring light on things,
which I much appreciated.
- Harold Pinter

This particular nurse said, Cancer cells are those
which have forgotten how to die.
I was so struck by this statement.
- Harold Pinter

Most of the press is in league with government,
or with the status quo.
- Harold Pinter

Occasionally it does hit me, the words on a page.
And I still love doing that, as I have for the last 60 years.
- Harold Pinter

I think that NATO is itself a war criminal.
- Harold Pinter

I found the offer of a knighthood something that I
couldn't possibly accept.
I found it to be somehow squalid, a knighthood.
There's a relationship to government about knights.
- Harold Pinter

The Room I wrote in 1957, and I was really gratified
to find that it stood up.
I didn't have to change a word.
- Harold Pinter

There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal,
nor between what is true and what is false.
A thing is not necessarily either true or false;
it can be both true and false.
- Harold Pinter

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

The most incomprehensible thing about the world
is that it is comprehensible.
- Albert Einstein

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The problem with making assumptions
is that we believe they are the truth
- don Miguel Ruiz

The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
- Terry Goodkind

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

Excellence is the result of
caring more than others think wise,
risking more than other's think safe,
dreaming more than others think practical,
and expecting more than others think possible.
- Anonymous

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
- Publilius Syrus

The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You must do the thing that you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The biggest mistake we could ever make in our lives
is to think we work for anybody but ourselves.
- Brian Tracy

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous

The world is more malleable than you think
and it's waiting for you to hammer it into shape.
- Bono


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