Christopher Hampton

Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post how it feels about dogs.

If the automobile had followed the same development cycle as the computer, a Rolls-Royce would today cost $100, get a million miles per gallon, and explode once a year, killing everyone inside.

Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.

German proverb

When two dogs fight for a bone, and the third runs off with it, there's a lawyer among the dogs.

And what is a good citizen? Simply one who never says, does or thinks anything that is unusual. Schools are maintained in order to bring this uniformity up to the highest possible point. A school is a hopper into which children are heaved while they are still young and tender; therein they are pressed into certain standard shapes and covered from head to heels with official rubber-stamps.

Julius Frontinus

Inventions reached their limit long ago, and I see no hope for further development.

What people call insincerity is simply a method by which we can multiply our personalities.

American women expect to find in their husbands a perfection that English women only hope to find in their butlers.


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