Hugh Leonard Quotes

21 Hugh Leonard quotes:

"My life is every moment of my life. It is not a culmination of the past."
"A thing well done is worth doing."
"Arnold Bennett was a writer I admired. He was actually taking notes at his father's deathbed."
"As somebody once said, we're not punished for our sins, we're punished by them."
"Gossip is more popular than literature."
"I came down to the living room one day and my wife was standing in the living room. It wasn't an illusion. I saw her out of the corner of my eye. The moment I saw her, she vanished."
"I don't think anyone is the perfect one to play me."
"I feel like the writer observing the grief, but it is difficult to be detached from it."
"I restrain myself a great deal. I don't say it, or I phrase it differently. But now and again I drop a lulu because I cannot resist it."
"I think with every writer there are two people there."
"I was taken completely by surprise. My wife died within a few minutes from an asthma attack. I was utterly destroyed. I was mad, crazy, I was howling."
"I went through life like an idiot for a great deal of the time, saying there's nothing I would change. That was a very arrogant thing to say. There's a lot I would change. There are people I would have steered clear of."
"I'm a much nicer person since my wife died. I found out what pain is, so on that level I'm much nicer."
"I'm a writer, and what I do is write. I wasn't able to do anything else."
"I've always believed in survival."
"I've always enjoyed a woman's company more than men's. They're usually better looking."
"It's a natural thing for people to say, you know, Who's in this book? I find myself get ting a little defensive. People come along and I'm waiting for that first question."
"My mother was passionate. She was stubborn, the dominant one in the family. She dominated my father."
"The problem with Ireland is that it's a country full of genius, but with absolutely no talent."
"We are all the foolishness and all the crimes we did. We're also all the kindnesses we did. I hate to think of life as if we understood time. We don't understand time."

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