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Alan Bennett Quotes





Cancer, like any other illness, is a bore.
 

Children always assume the sexual lives of their parents come to a grinding halt at their conception.
 

Definition of a classic: a book everyone is assumed to have read and often thinks they have.
 

I have never understood disliking for war. It panders to instincts already catered for within the scope of any respectable domestic establishment.
[War]
 

I write plays about things that I can't resolve in my mind. I try to root things out.
 

I'm all in favour of free expression provided it's kept rigidly under control.
 

I've never seen the point of the sea, except where it meets the land. The shore has a point. The sea has none.
 

If you think squash is a competitive activity, try flower arranging.
 

Life is generally something that happens elsewhere.
 

Life is like a box of sardines and we are all looking for the key.
 

My films are about embarrassment.
 

Those who have known the famous are publicly debriefed of their memories, knowing as their own dusk falls that they will only be remembered for remembering someone else.
 

We started off trying to set up a small anarchist community, but people wouldn't obey the rules.
 

We were put to Dickens as children but it never quite took. That unremitting humanity soon had me cheesed off.
 

Were we closer to the ground as children, or is the grass emptier now?
 

Your whole life is on the other side of the glass. And there is nobody watching.