33 Total Quotes

Alan Bennett Quotes

This symposium will highlight the surprisingly diverse and positive role that cocoa can potentially play in improving public health and reinvigorating endangered tropical ecosystems. It also underscores the impact that collaborative efforts among public and private sector scientists can have in a relatively short time.
Alan Bennett
#Health

Children always assume the sexual lives of their parents come to a grinding halt at their conception.
Alan Bennett
#English Dramatist #Children

Definition of a classic: a book everyone is assumed to have read and often thinks they have.
Alan Bennett
#English Dramatist

I'm all in favour of free expression provided it's kept rigidly under control.
Alan Bennett
#English Dramatist #Control

No mention of God. They keep Him up their sleeves for as long as they can, vicars do. They know it puts people off.
Alan Bennett
#God

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.
Alan Bennett
#English Dramatist #Memories

I was an only child. I lost both my parents. By the time I was twenty I was bald. I'm homosexual. In the way of circumstances and background to transcend I had everything an artist could possibly want. It was practically a blueprint. I was programmed to be a novelist or a playwright. But I'm not.
Alan Bennett
#Writers And Writing #Parents

Life is generally something that happens elsewhere.
Alan Bennett
#English Dramatist

If you think squash is a competitive activity, try flower arranging.
Alan Bennett
#English Dramatist

We have smaller defensive ends, but they're quick. They'll be OK. Everybody knows their job, and our defense is better this year. If we play better in the second half of the game this year, we'll do better.
Alan Bennett
#Defense

Last year we were more of a running team. This year we're more versatile.
Alan Bennett
#Running

Cancer, like any other illness, is a bore.
Alan Bennett
#English Dramatist #Cancer

that interest comes from my partner Rupert. But I used to do it when I was young and a lot of that fed into The History Boys.
Alan Bennett
#Interest

He says some things which are taken as gospel, when they ought to be disputed. When he writes 'Courage is no good / It means not scaring others', you want to say that just isn't true. There is more to courage than that.
Alan Bennett
#Courage

We were put to Dickens as children but it never quite took. That unremitting humanity soon had me cheesed off.
Alan Bennett
#English Dramatist #Children

I write plays about things that I can't resolve in my mind. I try to root things out.
Alan Bennett
#English Dramatist #Mind

I've never seen the point of the sea, except where it meets the land. The shore has a point. The sea has none.
Alan Bennett
#English Dramatist #Land

Were we closer to the ground as children, or is the grass emptier now?
Alan Bennett
#English Dramatist #Children

Your whole life is on the other side of the glass. And there is nobody watching.
Alan Bennett
#Life #English Dramatist

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