12 Total Quotes

Christopher Hampton Quotes

I became a virtuoso of deceit. It wasn't pleasure I was after, it was knowledge. I consulted the strictest moralists to learn how to appear, philosophers to find out what to think and novelists to see what I could get away with. And, in the end, I distilled everything down to one wonderfully simple principle: win or die.
Christopher Hampton
#Deception

If I had to give a definition of capitalism I would say: the process whereby American girls turn into American women.
Christopher Hampton
#British Playwright

I think there's something degrading about having a husband for a rival. It's humiliating if you fail and commonplace if you succeed.
Christopher Hampton
#British Playwright #Commonplace

To seduce a woman famous for strict morals, religious fervor and the happiness of her marriage: what could possibly be more prestigious?
Christopher Hampton
#Famous #British Playwright

I always divide people into two groups. Those who live by what they know to be a lie, and those who live by what they believe, falsely, to be the truth.
Christopher Hampton
#British Playwright

I have always thought of sophistication as rather a feeble substitute for decadence.
Christopher Hampton
#Decadence #British Playwright

You know very well that unless you're a scientist, it's much more important for a theory to be shapely, than for it to be true.
Christopher Hampton
#British Playwright

Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.
Christopher Hampton
#British Playwright

A great number of the disappointments and mishaps of the troubled world are the direct result of literature and the allied arts. It is our belief that no human being who devotes his life and energy to the manufacture of fantasies can be anything but fundamentally inadequate.
Christopher Hampton
#British Playwright