Hugh Leonard Quotes


21 Hugh Leonard quotes:



"Arnold Bennett was a writer I admired. He was actually taking notes at his father's deathbed."
"I don't think anyone is the perfect one to play me."
"I think with every writer there are two people there."
"I've always enjoyed a woman's company more than men's. They're usually better looking."
"My mother was passionate. She was stubborn, the dominant one in the family. She dominated my father."
"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 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."
"A thing well done is worth doing."
"As somebody once said, we're not punished for our sins, we're punished by them."
"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."
"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 life is every moment of my life. It is not a culmination of the past."
"Gossip is more popular than literature."
"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've always believed in survival."
"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."
"We were married for almost 45 years. We fought all the time, it wasn't a great love or anything, it wasn't a great, all-consuming passion. She was just there. A lot of people were startled because we didn't seem devoted but we were."
"I'm a writer, and what I do is write. I wasn't able to do anything else."



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