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Honesty is seldom ingratiating and often discomfiting.
A great production of a black comedy is better than a mediocre production of a comedy of errors.
I'm so grateful to grab hold of something that wants to be a play. It doesn't happen very often. I don't have unwritten plays waiting for their turn.
A 'human right' is, by definition, timeless. It cannot adhere to some societies and not others, at some times and not at other times.
If enough things that are untrue are said about you, no one will know what really is true.
I was so thrilled being a reporter, because it gave you the kind of access to people that you wouldn't ever get to meet.
'The Importance of Being Earnest' is important, but it says nothing about anything.
Chekhov understood that people are mysterious and can't be reduced to what we nowadays call 'motivation.'
I don't do interviews under false pretenses.
In the end, my children put me on to Pink Floyd when they were teenagers.
James Joyce - an essentially private man who wished his total indifference to public notice to be universally recognized.
The idea that anybody might be allowed to use their common sense when clearly no harm is being done is part of history now.
The printed word is no longer as in demand as when I was of the age of pupils or even at the age of the teachers teaching them.
Corporeal death is not the whole story.
I don't look at my work in a critical or analytical way; I just don't think of myself objectively. It doesn't interest me.
I loved the Beatles when they turned up, and the Stones when they turned up, and never really stopped liking them.
I've voted in every election - not always for the same political party and never with any degree of enthusiasm.
My desk faces the water, and I'm perfectly happy sitting there. I'm never lonely.
Writing a new play shouldn't be seen as a mystery belonging to a priesthood, but as a challenge, a technical challenge, just to get into it.
I write scenes - often quite long scenes - mainly because I still get seduced into writing six lines where one and a half will do.
The idea that being human and having rights are equivalent - that rights are inherent - is unintelligible in a Darwinian world.
Time is short, life is short, there's a lot to know. So I skip the entertainers in the newspaper now. I just haven't got time.
My work always tried to unite the true with the beautiful; but when I had to choose one or the other, I usually chose the beautiful.
The whole philosophy of modern times is to dissolve distinctions between individuals and deal with them as large collections of people. It's essentially self-interested on the part of authority.
I've seldom minded other people's opinions, but the other side of that coin is that I've seldom been interested by them, um their opinions about me I mean.
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