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Harold Pinter Quotes

40 Harold Pinter quotes:

"restored theater to its basic elements: an enclosed space and unpredictable dialogue, where people are at the mercy of each other and pretense crumbles."
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"As far as I'm concerned, 'The Caretaker' is funny, up to a point. Beyond that point, it ceases to be funny, and it was because of that point that I wrote it."
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"An arbitrary military action inspired by a series of lies upon lies and gross manipulation of the media and therefore of the public."
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"I feel even more strongly now than I ever did about the mendacity and the corruption and the injustice of so many of the actions taken by what are called freedom-loving Western democracies,"
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"Apart from the known and the unknown, what else is there?"
"Good writing excites me, and makes life worth living."
"One way of looking at speech is to say it is a constant stratagem to cover nakedness."
"Beckett had an unerring light on things, which I much appreciated."
"One's life has many compartments."
"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."
"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."
"I never think of myself as wise. I think of myself as possessing a critical intelligence which I intend to allow to operate."
"I ought not to speak about the dead because the dead are all over the place."
"If Milosevic is to be tried, he has to be tried by a proper court, an impartial, properly constituted court which has international respect."
"Most of the press is in league with government, or with the status quo."
"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."
"One is and is not in the centre of the maelstrom of it all."
"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."
"There are some good rules and there are some lousy rules."
"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."

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