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    If, for instance, we'd made the film after the show had been to Broadway, it would have been exactly the same film but we would have been assured that they would have understood it... - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 07:04 PM
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    If they'd been working with Alec Guinness, for instance, they wouldn't have known they were born if they'd not towed the line! - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 07:03 PM
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    I think the writer's quite low down in the hierarchy really. But the fact that they took the piss out of Nicholas... - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 07:02 PM
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    The thing I think about is that once you've done it, you then start to think about what you're going to do next. It's much easier to follow something that's not been as successful as this. - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 07:02 PM
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    It [Cambridge] wasn't a holy grail in the sense that I'd never been to Cambridge. But then, when I did go, the contrast between Leeds... - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 07:01 PM
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    I've never forgotten that experience. But I had nobody at school that was either like Hector or Irwin. The masters had no idea what was expected of you in the scholarship exam, so you just had to busk it really. - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 07:01 PM
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    I had no idea of who could play it, no notion really. Then Richard came to see us but I don't think it was decided at that meeting... - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 07:00 PM
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    I dont know whether you've ever looked into a miner's eyes for any length of time, that is. Because it is the loveliest blue you've ever seen... - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 07:00 PM
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    ...she felt about reading what some writers felt about writing: that it was impossible not to do it and that at this late stage of her life she had been chosen to read as others were chosen to write. - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:59 PM
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    Polly: Education with socialists, it's like sex, all right as long as you don't have to pay for it. - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:58 PM
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    There is no such thing as a good script, onlya good film, and I'm conscious that my scripts often read better than they play. - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:58 PM
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    [talking about the Holocaust] 'But to put something in context is a step towards saying it can be understood and that it can be explained... - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:57 PM
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    Philip Larkin used to cheer himself up by looking in the mirror and saying the line from Rebecca, 'I am Mrs de Winter now! - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:55 PM
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    It seems to me the mark of a civilized society that certain privileges should be taken for granted such as education, health care and the safety to walk the streets. - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:55 PM
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    Our father the novelist; my husband the poet. He belongs to the ages - just don't catch him at breakfast. Artists, celebrated for their humanity, they turn out to be scarcely human at all. - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:54 PM
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    The Breed never dies. Sapper, Buchan, Dornford Yates, practitioners in that school of Snobbery withViolence that runs like a thread of good-class tweed through twentieth-century literature. - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:53 PM
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    Schweitzer in the Congo did not derive more moral credit than Larkin did for living in Hull. - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:53 PM
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    But most men regard their life as a poem that women threaten. They may not have two spondees to rub together but they still want to pen their saga untrammelled... - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:52 PM
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    I can walk. It's just that I'm so rich I don't need to. - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:51 PM
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    No mention of God. They keep Him up their sleeves for as long as they can, vicars do. They know it puts people off. - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:50 PM
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    I have never understood disliking for war. It panders to instincts already catered for within the scope of any respectable domestic establishment. - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:49 PM
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    Of course my standards are out of date! That's why they're called standards. - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:48 PM
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    It's the one species I wouldn't mind seeing vanish from the face of the earth. I wish they were like the White Rhinosix of them left in the Serengeti National Park, and all males. - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:26 PM
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    My films are about embarrassment. - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:25 PM
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    Your whole life is on the other side of the glass. And there is nobody watching. - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:24 PM
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    Those who have known the famous are publicly debriefed of their memories, knowing as their own dusk falls that they will only be remembered for remembering someone else. - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:23 PM
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    I've never seen the point of the sea, except where it meets the land. The shore has a point. The sea has none. - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:23 PM
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    Have you ever thought, headmaster, that your standards might perhaps be a little out of date? Of course they're out of date. Standards are always out of date. That is what makes them standards. - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:13 PM
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    I write plays about things that I can't resolve in my mind. I try to root things out. - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:13 PM
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    Had your forefathers, Wigglesworth, been as stupid as you are, the human race would never have succeeded in procreating itself. - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:13 PM
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    Life is generally something that happens elsewhere. - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:12 PM
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    Here I sit, alone at 60, Bald and fat and full of sin Cold the seat, and loud the cistern As I read the (Harpic) (Lysol) tin - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:11 PM
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    Why is it always the "intelligent" people who are socialists? - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:10 PM
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    Cancer, like any other illness, is a bore. - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:10 PM
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    So boring you fall asleep halfway through her name. - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:10 PM
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    One of the hardest things for boys to learn is that a teacher is human. One of the hardest things for a teacher to learn is not to try and tell them. - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:09 PM
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    Cloisters, ancient libraries ... I was confusing learning with the smell of cold stone. - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:09 PM
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    Why do we not care to acknowledge them? The cattle, the body count. We still don't like to admit the war was even partly... - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:09 PM
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    Authors, she soon decided, were probably best met within the pages of their novels, and were as much creatures of the reader's imagination as the characters in their books... - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:08 PM
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    God doesn't do notes, either. Did Jesus Christ say, "Can I be excused the Crucifixion?" No! - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:07 PM
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    To begin with, it's true, she read with trepidation and some unease. The sheer endlessness of books outfaced her and she had no idea how to go on; there was... - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:07 PM
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    To read is to withdraw.To make oneself unavailable. One would feel easier about it if the pursuit inself were less...selfish. - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:06 PM
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    All the effort went into getting there and then I had nothing left. I thought I'd got somewhere, then I found I had to go on. - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:05 PM
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    There are more microbes per person than the entire population of the world. Imagine that. Per person. This means that if the time scale is diminished in ... - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:05 PM
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    It was the kind of library he had only read about in books. - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:04 PM
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    If I am doing nothing, I like to be doing nothing to some purpose. That is what leisure means. - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:04 PM
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    Nature played a cruel trick on her by giving her a waxed mustache. - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:04 PM
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    But then books, as I'm sure you know, seldom prompt a course of action. Books generally just confirm you in what you have, perhaps unwittingly, decided to do already... - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:03 PM
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    Deluded liberal that I am, I persist in thinking that those with a streak of sexual unorthodoxy ought to be more tolerant of their fellows than those... - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:02 PM
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    I turned down a knighthood. It would be like having to wear a suit every day of your life. - Alan Bennett Quotes 0 09-23-2017, 06:02 PM
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