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16 April 1921  – 28 March 2004, English author and actor

The point of living, and of being an optimist, is to be foolish enough to believe the best is yet
to come.
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Parents are the bones on which children cut their teeth.
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Terrorism is the war of the poor, and war is the terrorism of the rich.
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It is our responsibilities, not ourselves, that we should take seriously.
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Politicians only get to the top because they have no qualifications to detain them at the
bottom.
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In America, through pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose
from.
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Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.
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We used to have lots of questions to which there where no answers. Now, with the
computer, there are lots of answers to which we haven't thought up the questions.
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Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.
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Sex is a conversation carried out by other means.
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I imagine hell like this: Italian punctuality, German humour and English wine.
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The only reason I made a commercial for American Express was to pay for my American
Express bill.
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Did you know that every two hours the nations of this world spend as much on armaments as
they spend on the children of this world every year?
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To be gentle, tolerant, wise and reasonable requires a goodly portion of toughness.
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If history teaches us one thing, than that history teaches us nothing.
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Practically every game played internationally today was invented in Britain, and when
foreigners became good enough to match or even defeat the British, the British quickly
invented a new game.
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The largest turnout at elections is always where there is only one candidate.
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I am an optimist, unrepentant and militant. After all, in order not to be a fool, an optimist
must know what a sad place the world can be. It is only the pessimist who finds this out
anew every day.
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Beliefs are what divide people. Doubt unites them.
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To refuse awards is another way of accepting them with more noise than is normal.
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The recruiting officer asked me, "Why the tank corps?" I replied that I preferred to go into
battle sitting down.
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Since we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our minds, it is our duty to furnish
it well.
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Pavarotti is not vain, but conscious of being unique.
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Pavarotti is very difficult to pass at the net in tennis with or without a raquet.
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Contrary to general belief, I do not believe that friends are necessarily the people you like
best, they are merely the people who got there first.
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I did not become a politician because I could not stand the strain of having to be right all the
time.
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If the world should blow itself up, the last audible voice would be that of an expert saying it
can't be done.
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Corruption is nature's way of restoring our faith in democracy.
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Her virtue was that she said what she thought, her vice that what she thought didn't amount
to much.
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Generals detest generals on their own side far more than they dislike the enemy.
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