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I write plays about things that I can't resolve in my mind.
by Alan Bennett

I write plays about things that I can't resolve in my mind.
I try to root things out.
- Alan Bennett

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

Life is generally something that happens elsewhere.
- Alan Bennett

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

 

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

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

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

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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

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

My films are about embarrassment.
- Alan Bennett

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

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

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

Write your Sad times in Sand,
Write your Good times in Stone.
- George Bernard Shaw

The illiterate are not those who cannot read and write,
but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
- Alvin Toffler

Write it on your heart that every day
is the best day in the year.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason
if we dig deep in our history and remember
that we are not descended from fearful men,
not from men who feared to write, to speak,
to associate and to defend causes
which were for the moment unpopular.
- Edward R. Murrow

Do not save your loving speeches
For your friends till they are dead;
Do not write them on their tombstones,
Speak them rather now instead.
- Anna Cummins

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
- Winston Churchill

Persevere. Plan. Strategize. Focus. Breathe. Write.
Let go: relax. Forgive. All this failing: take a nap.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Always speak the truth,
think before you speak,
and write it down afterwards.
- Lewis Carroll

One of the illusions of life is that the present hour
is not the critical, decisive hour.
Write it on your heart that
every day is the best day in the year.
No man has learned anything rightly,
until he knows that every day is Doomsday.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

What a book a devil's chaplain might write
on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low,
and horribly cruel work of nature!
- Charles Darwin

When I write software, I know that it will fail,
either due to my own mistake, or due to some other cause.
- Wietse Venema

Golf is a game in which you yell "fore,"
shoot six,
and write down five.
- Paul Harvey

For my part, I consider that it will be found much better
by all parties to leave the past to history,
especially as I propose to write that history myself.
- Winston Churchill

Everyone thinks they're going to write one book of poems or one novel.
- Marilyn Hacker

If you can't annoy somebody with what you write,
I think there's little point in writing.
- Kingsley Amis

I don't think anyone should write their autobiography
until after they're dead.
- Samuel Goldwyn

I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.
- Edgar Allan Poe

Writers write.
Dreamers talk about it.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

The man who has done his level best...
is a success, even though the world may write him down a failure.
- B. C. Forbes

Real programmers can write assembly code in any language.
- Larry Wall

We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.
- John Fowles

A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.
- Gertrude Stein

If you can speak what you will never hear,
if you can write what you will never read,
you have done rare things.
- Henry David Thoreau

Always write angry letters to your enemies.
Never mail them.
- James Fallows

It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak
or write very often about his job.
It releases tension needed for his work.
- Henry Moore

I just go in the studio and write on the spot and see what comes out.
- Beck

I will never understand people who think that the way
to show their righteous opposition to sexual freedom
is to write letters full of filthy words.
- Anna Quindlen

I did write a letter to the archdiocese who'd banned the song,
Only the Good Die Young, asking them to ban my next record.
- Billy Joel

I want to branch out.
I want to write.
I write poetry.
I want to see my children grow up well.
- Annie Lennox

I guess what people forget sometimes is that when I write songs,
I write them sometimes in about 20 minutes.
- Alanis Morissette

I would not say I chose to write long poems on a conscious level.
The long poem has been a relative constant.
- John Barton

I like to read and write and take pictures and bike.
- Alex D. Linz

If you want to write the next great novel,
but you think, No, this won't work because no one will
buy it or it won't be any good,
then you talk yourself out of taking a risk.
- John Tesh

I never sit down to write.
When I'm moved, I do it.
I just wait for it to come.
You just hear it.
I can't really describe writing.
It's in my head.
- Lenny Kravitz

If there is a book that you want to read,
but it hasn't been written yet, you must be the one to write it.
- Toni Morrison

I can't write about my greatest mistakes because I've slept with most of them.
- Arabella Weir

Even if I don't release it myself, somebody else might
hear it and want to record it.
When you write a song, it gives it that potential.
- Smokey Robinson

I can write better than anybody who can write faster,
and I can write faster than anybody who can write better.
- A. J. Liebling

I wanted to write songs that were as good as the covers.
- George Thorogood

I can't write, I can't paint, I don't compose.
- Richard Attenborough

I was born to travel and write verse.
- Theophile Gautier

Love stories are probably all I've ever been able to write or want to write.
- Wally Lamb

A lot of the hip hop artists don't write music.
They write words.
- Roy Ayers

If Russians knew how to read, they would write me off.
- Catherine the Great

So, for instance, if you came to me,
I'd ask,'Do you want to write? Do you want to improvise?
Why do you want to play this instrument? What do you want to do?'
- Ornette Coleman

When my writing really started to take off was when
I made a decision that I would write only what I wanted to write,
and if 10 people wanted to hear it, that's fine.
- David Friedman

My mother's passion for something more,
to write a different destiny for a dirt-poor farmer's daughter,
was to shape my entire life.
- Faye Dunaway

I don't actually sit down and write,
but I just have a lot of different ideas about films and making movies.
- Obie Trice

I know what I write about seems exotic to a lot of people,
but not for me.
I pulled up to an old trading post and saw a few elderly
Navajos sitting on a bench.
I felt right at home.
- Tony Hillerman

I look at you and I write down what I hear.
- Virgil Thomson

With any story I write, I could actually write it from
three or four different perspectives,
which would end with a completely different moral at the end.
- Tracey Emin

The outline is 95 percent of the book.
Then I sit down and write, and that's the easy part.
- Jeffery Deaver

Mysteries I read for fun, so I will probably never write one,
for fear of spoiling the fun.
- Fred Saberhagen

When it comes time to sit down and write the next book,
you're deathly afraid that you're not up to the task.
That was certainly the case with me after Snow Falling on Cedars.
- David Guterson

Please write music like Wagner, only louder.
- Samuel Goldwyn

I start with the joke line and write backward.
- Nipsey Russell


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