They spend their time looking forward to the past.
Asking a writer what he thinks about criticism is like asking a lamppost what it feels about dogs.
There's no such thing as failure - just waiting for success.
Don't be afraid of being emotional. You won't die of it.
You see I learnt at an early age what it was to be angry - angry and helpless. And I can never forget it. I knew more about - love... betrayal... and death, when I was ten years old than you will probably ever know in your life.
It is not true that drink changes a man's character. It may reveal it more clearly.
Go on - but don't think you can kill my confidence. I've had experts doing it for years.
Censorship is the commonest social blasphemy because it is mostly concealed, built into us by indolence, self-interest and cowardice.
Don't clap too hard - it's a very old building.
Let's pretend that we're human beings and that we're actually alive.
The schoolteacher is certainly underpaid as a childminder, but ludicrously overpaid as an educator.
Laughter's the nearest we ever get, or should get, to sainthood. It's the state of grace that saves most of us from contempt.
Writers don't need love; all they require is money.
Royalty is the gold filling in a mouthful of decay
A refined sort of butcher, a woman is.
I must be the luckiest man in the world. Not only am I bisexual, I am also Welsh.
I never deliberately set out to shock, but when people don't walk out of my plays I think there is something wrong.
And even in the hatred of the majority, there's a kind of triumph because I know that, although they'd never admit it, they secretly respect me.
Oh heavens, how I long for a little ordinary human enthusiasm. Just enthusiasm - that's all. I want to hear a warm, thrilling voice cry out Hallelujah! Hallelujah! I'm alive!
It is easy to answer the ultimate questions - it saves you bothering with the immediate ones.
In London, love and scandal are considered the best sweeteners of tea.
Here we are, we're alone in the universe, there's no God, it just seems that it all began by something as simple as sunlight striking on a piece of rock. And here we are. We've only got ourselves. Somehow, we've just got to make a go of it. We've only ourselves.
We all of us waited for him to die. The family sent him a check every month, and hoped he'd get on with it quietly, without too much vulgar fuss.
That voice that cries out doesn't have to be a weakling's does it?
The whole point of a sacrifice is that you give up something you never really wanted in the first place. People are doing it around you all the time. They give up their careers, say -- or their beliefs -- or sex.
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