The Duke of Edinburgh has perfected the art of saying hello and goodbye in the same handshake.
Even though one of them is about an Edinburgh junkie and ones a little boy of eight in Manchester, you want them to always portray their world in such a vivid way that the audience can disappear inside the story.
My first ever stage performance was in Edinburgh in 1960.
There's no leaving Edinburgh, No shifting it around: it stays with you, always.
Live now, live today - don't be bound by rules, live your own dream.
I had an Edinburgh, middle-class childhood and a public school education.
The bastards murdered half my family.
Do you still throw spears at each other?
When I was asked to be Writer in Residence at Edinburgh I thought, you can't teach poetry. This is ridiculous.
I sang in a rock band when I was training as a lawyer. You know, not professional, we just did it for fun. We just did gigs all over Edinburgh and some in Glasgow and some at festivals.
It was here in Edinburgh that in the 1980s I joined with many others to protest against Margaret Thatcher as she arrived to address the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
This possibility bothered me as I thought it was not advisable to remain in one academic environment, and the long dark winters in Edinburgh could be rather dismal.
Edinburgh is so cultural and such a beautiful place to walk around.
Study hard. Work hard. Play harder. Don't be bound by rules, don't hurt anybody and never ever live somebody else's dream.
You look like you're ready for bed!
How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to pass the test?
You managed not to get eaten then?
There's all this stuff that is happening in Edinburgh now, it's a sad attempt to create an Edinburgh society, similar to a London society, a highbrow literature celebrity society.
I don't think a prostitute is more moral than a wife, but they are doing the same thing.
Do you know they have eating dogs for the anorexic now?
You're not wearing mink knickers,are you?
If we could just stop the tourism, we could stop the congestion.
Oh, it's you that owns that ghastly car, is it?
I did a production of 'Journey's End,' an RC Sherriff play about World War I, at the Edinburgh Festival. I was 18 and it was the first time that people I knew and loved and respected came up to me after the show and said, 'You know, you could really do this if you wanted to.'
Don't become a philosopher before you become rich.
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