Quotes by Harold Pinter

One's life has many compartments.
- Harold Pinter
I also found being called Sir rather silly.
- Harold Pinter
I think that NATO is itself a war criminal.
- Harold Pinter
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The only theatre I ever saw was Shakespeare.
- Harold Pinter
Good writing excites me, and makes life worth living.
- Harold Pinter
I certainly feel sad about the alienation from my son.
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I used to get up at five in the morning and play cricket.
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Apart from the known and the unknown, what else is there?
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There are some good rules and there are some lousy rules.
- Harold Pinter
One is and is not in the centre of the maelstrom of it all.
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I always start a play by calling the characters A, B, and C.
- Harold Pinter
Only by the sweat of my own brow. I am a totally working man.
- Harold Pinter
A short piece of work means as much to me as a long piece of work.
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Beckett had an unerring light on things, which I much appreciated.
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It's so easy for propaganda to work, and dissent to be mocked.
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I believe an international criminal court is very much to be desired.
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Most of the press is in league with government, or with the status quo.
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Drama happens in big cricket matches. But also in small cricket matches.
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My first play was 'The Room', written when I was twenty-seven.
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Quite simply, my writing life has been one of relish, challenge, excitement.
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I ought not to speak about the dead because the dead are all over the place.
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I think it is the responsibility of a citizen of any country to say what he thinks.
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One way of looking at speech is to say it is a constant stratagem to cover nakedness.
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Iraq is just a symbol of the attitude of western democracies to the rest of the world.
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The effect of depleted uranium, used by America in the Gulf War, is never referred to.
- Harold Pinter
Things like Abu Ghraib and even Guantanamo are not new things: there are many precedents.
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Many Americans, we know, are horrified by the posture of their government but seem to be helpless.
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It was difficult being a conscientious objector in the 1940's, but I felt I had to stick to my guns.
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The past is what you remember, imagine you remember, convince yourself you remember, or pretend you remember.
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I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I've written 29 damn plays. Isn't that enough?
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Cricket, the whole thing, playing, watching, being part of the Gaieties, has been a central feature of my life.
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Sometimes you feel you have the truth of a moment in your hand, then it slips through your fingers and is lost.
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Occasionally it does hit me, the words on a page. And I still love doing that, as I have for the last 60 years.
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The Companion of Honour I regarded as an award from the country for 50 years of work - which I thought was okay.
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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.
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This particular nurse said, Cancer cells are those which have forgotten how to die. I was so struck by this statement.
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All that happens is that the destruction of human beings - unless they're Americans - is called collateral damage.
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I've never been able to understand what they mean by 'Pinteresque,'. I'm sure it's indefinable.
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Analysis I take to be a scientific procedure. What I do is creative. It doesn't spring from the same part of the mind.
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I never think of myself as wise. I think of myself as possessing a critical intelligence which I intend to allow to operate.
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Quite often, I have a compelling sense of how a role should be played. And I'm proved - equally as often - quite wrong.
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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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I don't idealise women. I enjoy them. I have been married to two of the most independent women it is possible to think of.
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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.
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All I can say is that I did admire 'The Lives of Others', which I thought was really about something and beautifully done.
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I find the whole Blairish idea more and more repugnant every day. 'New Labour': the term itself is so trashy. Kind of ersatz.
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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.
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The whole brunt of the media and the government is to encourage people to be highly competitive and totally selfish and uncaring of others.
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If Milosevic is to be tried, he has to be tried by a proper court, an impartial, properly constituted court which has international respect.
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I don't make judgments about my own work, and I don't analyze it; I just let it happen. That applies to everything I've done.
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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.
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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.
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You have to hand it to America. It has exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good.
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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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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.
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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.
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My second play, The Birthday Party, I wrote in 1958 - or 1957. It was totally destroyed by the critics of the day, who called it an absolute load of rubbish.
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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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I do tend to think that I've written a great deal out of my unconscious because half the time I don't know what a given character is going to say next.
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As far as I'm concerned, 'The Caretaker' is funny up to a point. Beyond that, it ceases to be funny, and it was because of that point that I wrote it.
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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.
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Truth in drama is forever elusive. You never quite find it, but the search for it is compulsive. The search is clearly what drives the endeavour. The search is your task.
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A few friends and me used to go and watch Bunuel, Carne, Cocteau... Cocteau and Bunuel were surrealism. And I was very excited by that. 'Un Chien Andalou', especially.
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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.
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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.
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I'm always the interrogator. When I was an actor in rep, I always played sinister parts. The directors always said, 'If there's a nasty man about, cast Harold Pinter.'
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No one wanted me to be a conscientious objector. My parents certainly didn't want it. My teacher and mentor, Joe Brearley, didn't want it. My friends didn't want it. I was alone.
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There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true and what is false. A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false.
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I'm well aware that I have been described in some quarters as being 'enigmatic, taciturn, prickly, explosive and forbidding'. Well, I have my moods like anyone else; I won't deny it.
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I'll tell you something, and this is true: I've never been able to write a film which I didn't respect. I just can't do it. I'm very happy about all the films I haven't done.
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George W. Bush is always protesting that he has the fate of the world in mind and bangs on about the 'freedom-loving peoples' he's seeking to protect. I'd love to meet a freedom-hating people.
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I am absolutely not saying that Milosevic might not be responsible for all sorts of atrocities, but I believe that what's been left out of public debate and the press is that there was a civil war going on there.
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It's such a delicate business, the structure of film, isn't it? What happens if a scene is not there but two minutes later? It's an eternal, never-ending search, actually, which is very exciting. It really is.
- Harold Pinter
I wrote 'The Room', 'The Birthday Party', and 'The Dumb Waiter' in 1957, I was acting all the time in a repertory company, doing all kinds of jobs, traveling to Bournemouth and Torquay and Birmingham.
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One should also remember that the U.S. is the biggest exporter of torture weapons in the world, though the U.K. is not far behind in the league table. We never stopped, even under Robin Cook's supposedly ethical foreign policy.
- Harold Pinter
All I'm saying is that there are many different kinds of political theatre and many plays I greatly admire: 'Antigone,' 'Mother Courage,' 'All My Sons.' But, if I tackle a political theme, I have to do it in my own way.
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I think plays have nothing to do with one's own personal life. Not in my experience, anyway. The stuff of drama has to do, not with your subject matter, anyway, but with how you treat it. Drama includes pain, loss, regret - that's what drama is about!
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There was one man in the Labour government, Robin Cook, whom I had a very high regard for. He had the courage to speak out and to resign over Iraq. He was an admirable man. But resignation over a matter of principle is not a very fashionable thing in our society.
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My father was a tailor. He worked from seven o'clock in the morning until seven at night. At least when he got home, my mother always cooked him a very good dinner. Lots of potatoes, I remember; he used to knock them down like a dose of salts. He needed it, after a 12-hour day.
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A character on stage who can present no convincing argument or information as to his past experience, his present behaviour or his aspirations, nor give a comprehensive analysis of his motives, is as legitimate and as worthy of attention as one who, alarmingly, can do all these things.
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I was told that, when 'Betrayal' was being produced by one of the provincial companies in England, the two actors playing those roles actually went into a pub one day and played that scene as if it were really happening to them. The people around them became very uncomfortable.
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Political theatre presents an entirely different set of problems. Sermonising has to be avoided at all cost. Objectivity is essential. The characters must be allowed to breathe their own air. The author cannot confine and constrict them to satisfy his own taste or disposition or prejudice.
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I left school at sixteen - I was fed up and restless. The only thing that interested me at school was English language and literature, but I didn't have Latin, and so couldn't go on to university. So I went to a few drama schools, not studying seriously; I was mostly in love at the time and tied up with that.
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