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By Anonym 13 Sep

Harold Pinter

I'm not committed as a writer, in the usual sense of the term, either religiously or politically. And I'm not conscious of any particular social function. I write because I want to write. I don't see any placards on myself, and I don't carry any banners.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Harold Pinter

Language in art remains a highly ambiguous transaction, a quicksand, a trampoline, a frozen pool which might give way under you ... at any time.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Harold Pinter

I believe an international criminal court is very much to be desired.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Harold Pinter

The majority of politicians, on the evidence available to us, are interested not in truth but in power and maintenance of that power. To maintain that power it is essential that people remain in ignorance, that they live in ignorance of the truth, even the truth of their own lies. What surrounds us therefore is a vast tapestry of lies, upon which we feed.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Harold Pinter

It was difficult being a conscientious objector in the 1940's, but I felt I had to stick to my guns.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Harold Pinter

I tend to think that cricket is the greatest thing that God ever created on earth - certainly greater than sex, although sex isn't too bad either.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Harold Pinter

I think we communicate only too well, in our silence, in what is unsaid, and that what takes place is a continual evasion, desperate rearguard attempts to keep ourselves to ourselves. Communication is too alarming. To enter into someone else's life is too frightening. To disclose to others the poverty within us is too fearsome a possibility.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Harold Pinter

Rationality went down the drain donkey's years ago and hasn't been seen since.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Harold Pinter

I don't write with any audience in mind. I just write. I take a chance on the audience. That's what I did originally, and I think it's worked--in the sense that I find there is an audience.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Harold Pinter

I sometimes wish desperately that I could write like someone else, be someone else. No one particularly. Just if I could put the pen down on paper and suddenly come out in a totally different way.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Harold Pinter

I've had my fill of these city guttersnipes--all that scavenging scum! They're the sort of people, who, if the gates of heaven opened to them, all they'd feel would be a draught.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Harold Pinter

Don't forget the earth's about five thousand million years old, at least. Who can afford to live in the past?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Harold Pinter

I would never use obscene language in the office. Certainly not. I kept my obscene language for the home, where it belongs.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Harold Pinter

No matter how you look at it, all the emotions connected with love are not really immortal; like all other passions in life, they are bound to fade at some point. The trick is to convert love into some lasting friendship that overcomes the fading passion.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Harold Pinter

There are some things one remembers even though they may never have happened.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Harold Pinter

Referees are the law. They have a whistle. They blow it. And that whistle is the articulation of God's justice.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Harold Pinter

As a writer you're holding a dog. You let the dog run about. But you finally can pull him back. Finally, I'm in control. But the great excitement is to see what happens if you let the whole thing go. And the dog or the character really runs about, bites everyone in sight, jumps up trees, falls into lakes, gets wet, and you let that happen. That's the excitement of writing plays-to allow the thing to be free but still hold the final leash.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Harold Pinter

There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true and what is false. A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Harold Pinter

In Cuba I have always understood harsh treatment of dissenting voices as stemming from a "siege situation" imposed upon it from outside. And I believe that to a certain extent that is true.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Harold Pinter

While The United States is the most powerful nation the world has ever seen, it is also the most detested nation that the world has ever known.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Harold Pinter

The theater's much the most difficult kind of writing for me, the most naked kind, you're so entirely restricted.... I find myself stuck with these characters who are either sitting or standing, and they've either got to walk out of a door, or come in through a door, and that's about all they can do.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Harold Pinter

Sometimes you feel you have the truth of a moment in your hand, then it slips through your fingers and is lost.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Harold Pinter

Good writing excites me, and makes life worth living.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Harold Pinter

The crimes of the U.S. throughout the world have been systematic, constant, clinical, remorseless, and fully documented but nobody talks about them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Harold Pinter

I never think of myself as wise. I think of myself as possessing a critical intelligence which I intend to allow to operate.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Harold Pinter

I don't think there's been any writer like Samuel Beckett. He's unique. He was a most charming man and I used to send him my plays.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Harold Pinter

One is and is not in the centre of the maelstrom of it all.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Harold Pinter

Occasionally it does hit me, the words on a page. And I still love doing that, as I have for the last 60 years.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Harold Pinter

I don't intend to simply go away and write my plays and be a good boy. I intend to remain an independent and political intelligence in my own right.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Harold Pinter

Isn't it true that every aristocrat wants to die?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Harold Pinter

The Companion of Honour I regarded as an award from the country for 50 years of work - which I thought was okay.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Harold Pinter

All that happens is that the destruction of human beings - unless they're Americans - is called collateral damage.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Harold Pinter

The speech we hear is an indication of that which we don't hear. It is a necessary avoidance, a violent, sly, and anguished or mocking smoke screen which keeps the other in its true place. When true silence falls we are left with echo but are nearer nakedness. One way of looking at speech is to say that it is a constant stratagem to cover nakedness.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Harold Pinter

Be careful how you talk about God. He's the only God we have. If you let him go he won't come back. He won't even look back over his shoulder. And then what will you do?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Harold Pinter

There never is any such thing as one truth to be found in dramatic art. There are many. These truths challenge each other, recoil from each other, reflect each other, ignore each other, tease each other, are blind to each other. Sometimes you feel you have the truth of a moment in your hand, then it slips through your fingers and is lost.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Harold Pinter

I think that NATO is itself a war criminal.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Harold Pinter

As it is?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Harold Pinter

I could be a bit of a pain in the arse. Since I've come out of my cancer, I must say I intend to be even more of a pain in the arse.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Harold Pinter

Listen. You know what it's like when you're in a room with the light on and then suddenly the light goes out? I'll show you. It's like this." He turns out the light. BLACKOUT

By Anonym 15 Sep

Harold Pinter

There is a movement to get an international criminal court in the world, voted for by hundreds of states-but with the noticeable absence of the United States of America.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Harold Pinter

I was brought up in the War. I was an adolescent in the Second World War. And I did witness in London a great deal of the Blitz.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Harold Pinter

You are in no man's land. Which never moves, which never changes, which never grows older, but remains forever, icy and silent.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Harold Pinter

I found the offer of a knighthood something that I couldn't possibly accept. I found it to be somehow squalid, a knighthood. There's a relationship to government about knights.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Harold Pinter

It's so easy for propaganda to work, and dissent to be mocked.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Harold Pinter

Do the structures of language and the structures of reality (by which I mean what actually happens) move along parallel lines? Does reality essentially remain outside language, separate, obdurate, alien, not susceptible to description? Is an accurate and vital correspondence between what is and our perception of it impossible? Or is it that we are obliged to use language only in order to obscure and distort reality -- to distort what happens -- because we fear it?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Harold Pinter

Iraq is just a symbol of the attitude of western democracies to the rest of the world.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Harold Pinter

Beckett had an unerring light on things, which I much appreciated.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Harold Pinter

I hate brandy...it stinks of modern literature.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Harold Pinter

I think it is the responsibility of a citizen of any country to say what he thinks.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Harold Pinter

I don't give a damn what other people think. It's entirely their own business. I'm not writing for other people.