57 Total Quotes

Harold Pinter Quotes

It's a scintillating stratagem. Language is actually employed to keep thought at bay. The words 'the American people' provide a truly voluptuous cushion of reassurance. You don't need to think. Just lie back on the cushion. The cushion may be suffocating your intelligence and your critical faculties but it's very comfortable.
Harold Pinter
#Language

Apart from the known and the unknown, what else is there?
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#English Dramatist

I have no idea why they gave me the award, ... I respect their judgment. I am very grateful.
Harold Pinter
#Judgment

restored theater to its basic elements: an enclosed space and unpredictable dialogue, where people are at the mercy of each other and pretense crumbles.
Harold Pinter
#Mercy

The past is what you remember, imagine you remember, convince yourself you remember, or pretend you remember
Harold Pinter
#Memory

The crimes of the U.S. throughout the world have been systematic, constant, clinical, remorseless, and fully documented but nobody talks about them.
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#English Dramatist

Good writing excites me, and makes life worth living.
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#Life #English Dramatist

One way of looking at speech is to say it is a constant stratagem to cover nakedness.
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#English Dramatist #Speech

I tend to think that cricket is the greatest thing that God ever created on earth - certainly greater than sex, although sex isn't too bad either
Harold Pinter
#Earth

I mean, don't forget the earth's about five thousand million years old, at least. Who can afford to live in the past?
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#English Dramatist

The general thrust these days is: "Oh, come on, it's all in the past, nobody's interested any more, it didn't work, everyone knows what the Americans are like, but stop being naive, this is the world, there's nothing to be done about it and anyway fu
Harold Pinter
#Past

No matter how you look at it, all the emotions connected with love are not really immortal; like all other passions in life, they are bound to fade at some point. The trick is to convert love into some lasting friendship that overcomes the fading passion."
Harold Pinter
#Emotions

An arbitrary military action inspired by a series of lies upon lies and gross manipulation of the media and therefore of the public.
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#Action

a fundamental decency in the country itself.
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#Country

As far as I'm concerned, 'The Caretaker' is funny, up to a point. Beyond that point, it ceases to be funny, and it was because of that point that I wrote it.
Harold Pinter
#Funny

The planned attack on Iraq is a pre-meditated attack of mass murder. Resistance is embodied today in this massive gathering and the word I want to direct to Tony Blair is -- resign, resign, resign.
Harold Pinter
#Iraq

I believe one fringe company is currently staging The Lover.
Harold Pinter
#Company

I have written 29 plays and I think that's really enough,
Harold Pinter
#Plays

I feel even more strongly now than I ever did about the mendacity and the corruption and the injustice of so many of the actions taken by what are called freedom-loving Western democracies,
Harold Pinter
#Corruption

I view them with contempt and that contempt grows stronger every day. I am talking about the United States and Great Britain.
Harold Pinter
#Contempt

Beckett had an unerring light on things, which I much appreciated.
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#English Dramatist

One's life has many compartments.
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#English Dramatist

I also found being called Sir rather silly.
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#English Dramatist

A short piece of work means as much to me as a long piece of work.
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#English Dramatist

All that happens is that the destruction of human beings - unless they're Americans - is called collateral damage.
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#English Dramatist

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.
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#English Dramatist

I believe an international criminal court is very much to be desired.
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#English Dramatist

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.
Harold Pinter
#English Dramatist