I imagine hell like this: Italian punctuality, German humour and English wine.
We used to have lots of questions to which there were no answers. Now, with the computer, there are lots of answers to which we haven't thought up questions.
Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.
Beliefs are what divide people. Doubt unites them.
At my age, I'm often asked if I'm frightened of death and my reply is always, I can't remember being frightened of birth.
Parents are the bones on which children cut their teeth.
And here is the lesson I learned in the army. If you want to do a thing badly, you have to work at it as though you want to do it well.
If you're going to be a prisoner of your own mind, the least you can do is make sure it's well furnished.
Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.
To be gentle, tolerant, wise and reasonable requires a goodly portion of toughness.
Love is an act of endless forgiveness. It means forget inconvenient duties, then forgive yourself for forgetting. By rigid practice and stern determination, it comes easy.
Terrorism is the war of the poor, and war is the terrorism of the rich.
If the world should blow itself up, the last audible voice would be that of an expert saying it can't be done.
The stupidity of a stupid man is mercifully intimate and reticient, while the stupidity of an intellectual is cried from the rooftops.
Sex is a conversation carried out by other means. If you get on well out of bed, half the problems of bed are solved.
Acting on television is like being asked by the captain to entertain the passengers while the ship goes down.
In America, through pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from.
The older I get, the more people listen to me - even though I say the same as always...
I can never forgive God for having invented the French
Intelligent or not, we all make mistakes and perhaps the intelligent mistakes are the worst, because so much careful thought has gone into them.
Life is unfair but remember sometimes it is unfair in your favour.
I have three daughters and I find as a result I played King Lear almost without rehearsal.
Her virtue was that she said what she thought, her vice that what she thought didn't amount to much.
I'm convinced there's a small room in the attic of the Foreign Office where future diplomats are taught to stammer
The point of living and of being an optimist is to be foolish enough to believe the best is yet to come.
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