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born 3 July 1937, British playwright, knighted in 1997

No problem is insoluble given a big enough plastic bag.
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It's no trick loving somebody at their best. Love is loving them at their worst. Isn't that
romantic? Well, good. Everything should be romantic.
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What is an artist? For every thousand people there's nine hundred doing the work, ninety
doing well, nine doing good, and one lucky bastard who's the artist.
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It's not the voting that's democracy. It's the counting.
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If Beethoven had been killed in a plane crash at the age of 22, it would have changed the
history of music... and of aviation.
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It seems pointless to be quoted if one isn't going to be quotable... it's better to be quotable
than honest.
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I doubt that art needed Ruskin any more than a moving train needs one of its passengers to
shove it.
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Eternity's a terrible thought. I mean, where's it all going to end?
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It is a defect of God's humor that he directs our hearts everywhere but to those who have a
right to them.
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Life is a gamble, at terrible odds. If it were a bet you wouldn't take it.
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A foreign correspondent is someone who flies around from hotel to hotel and thinks the most
interesting thing about any story is the fact that he has arrived to cover it.
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What a fine persecution - to be kept intrigued without ever quite being enlightened.
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The media. It sounds like a convention of spiritualists.
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Junk journalism is the evidence of a society that has got at least one thing right, that there
should be nobody with the power to dictate where responsible journalism begins.
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My whole life is waiting for the questions to which I have prepared answers.
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We're actors - we're the opposite of people!
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I love love. I love having a lover and being one. The insularity of passion. I love it. I love the
way it blurs the distinction between everyone who isn't one's lover.
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What is my play about? It's about to make me very rich.
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Almost everyone who didn't know what to do at university did philosophy. Well, that's logical.
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- Tomorrow is another day, McKendrick.
- Tomorrow, in my experience, is usually the same day.
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I still believe that if your aim is to change the world, journalism is a more immediate short-term
weapon.
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Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.
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War is capitalism with the gloves off and many who go to war know it but they go to war
because they don't want to be a hero. It takes courage to sit down and be counted.
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It's the wanting to know that makes us matter.
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We are tied down to a language which makes up in obscurity what it lacks in style.
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