Harold Pinter Quotes
30 quotations by Harold Pinter
|While The United States is the most powerful nation the world has ever seen, it is also the most detested nation that the world has ever known.
|There's a tradition in British intellectual life of mocking any non-political force that gets involved in politics, especially within the sphere of the arts and the theatre.
|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.
|The Room I wrote in 1957, and I was really gratified to find that it stood up. I didn't have to change a word.
|The past is what you remember, imagine you remember, convince yourself you remember, or pretend you remember.
|The crimes of the U.S. throughout the world have been systematic, constant, clinical, remorseless, and fully documented but nobody talks about them.
|The Companion of Honour I regarded as an award from the country for 50 years of work - which I thought was okay.
|One's life has many compartments.
|One way of looking at speech is to say it is a constant stratagem to cover nakedness.
|Occasionally it does hit me, the words on a page. And I still love doing that, as I have for the last 60 years.
|It's so easy for propaganda to work, and dissent to be mocked.
|Iraq is just a symbol of the attitude of western democracies to the rest of the world.
|If Milosevic is to be tried, he has to be tried by a proper court, an impartial, properly constituted court which has international respect.
|I was brought up in the War. I was an adolescent in the Second World War. And I did witness in London a great deal of the Blitz.
|I think it is the responsibility of a citizen of any country to say what he thinks.
|I really believe that Clinton and Blair should be arraigned as war criminals. They justified Serbia by talking about humanitarian intervention. And that kind of crap I think we've had enough of.
|I ought not to speak about the dead because the dead are all over the place.
|I never think of myself as wise. I think of myself as possessing a critical intelligence which I intend to allow to operate.
|I mean, don't forget the earth's about five thousand million years old, at least. Who can afford to live in the past?
|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 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 don't intend to simply go away and write my plays and be a good boy. I intend to remain an independent and political intelligence in my own right.
|I could be a bit of a pain in the arse. Since I've come out of my cancer, I must say I intend to be even more of a pain in the arse.
|I believe an international criminal court is very much to be desired.
|I also found being called Sir rather silly.
|Good writing excites me, and makes life worth living.
|Clinton's hands remain incredibly clean, don't they, and Tony Blair's smile remains as wide as ever. I view these guises with profound contempt.
|Apart from the known and the unknown, what else is there?
|All that happens is that the destruction of human beings - unless they're Americans - is called collateral damage.
|A short piece of work means as much to me as a long piece of work.