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A bad act done will fester and create in its own way. It's not only goodness that creates. Bad things create. They have their own yeast.
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A morality play says how to behave, which I wasn't doing.
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Acknowledging that I was in desperation was important, that was before I had written any of these plays.
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As a piece of literacy criticism, Freud's best writing is about Dostoyevsky. It's a kind of displaced literacy criticism.
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As adults, we do know more, but we don't know enough. People can be very unthinkingly callous.
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At Oxford, in the Labour Club or in the socialist circle within which one moved, it seemed to be the case that the women would make the coffee.
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Because of the way television is going, I have to make independent productions.
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But also because ambiguity haunts one's mind and ambiguity... it's out of ambiguities that we make choices.
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Children are very cruel, yes. Of course. Children are extraordinarily cruel little creatures.
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Children can write poetry and then, unless they're poets, they stop when reach puberty.
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Everybody has poison in their mind, I know that to be a fact. It's just that some people have got easier access to their emotions than others.
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Everything we do has consequences.
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George Eliot is critically impossible, psychologically impossible, socially impossible to receive now.
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God, I'm such a lazy writer - I can't even think up new names.
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Had I not acknowledged that I was in extremis, I would not have written at all.
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I am in danger, and that is appalling.
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I am making all these manoeuvres, trying to take charge, in order to get what will be an increasingly hostile environment.
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I am not going to be too eager to concede. Maybe the engine would stall.
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I believe everybody is responsible for what they do themselves.
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I believe when Jesus said, Be as little children, that is what is meant. Be as open and be as innocent as you like.
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I did not fully understand the dread term 'terminal illness' until I saw Heathrow for myself.
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I have been aware, from the age of 6, that I had talent.
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I know people think it's right to eat meat. I don't think it's right to eat meat.
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I think childhood is to everyone a lost land.
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I think it's a mistake to make too definitive a judgement about things.
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I think people have lost sight of what fiction is.
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I was admitted onto a clinical trial, much to the resentment of the doctors.
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I was given talent, and if you are given it, it is your obligation to use it.
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I was sexually assaulted when I was 10 years of age. A lot of things can be traced to that.
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I was unaware of what was going on around me. I couldn't move anything except my left arm, and that only partly, even my jaw, everything.
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I will be a lawyer when I have to be. I will argue a case simply because the only way that I've been able to make sure that what I want to do happens.
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I would even go so far as to say that Evil can sometimes be a noun and not just an adjective.
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I would have instinctively assumed as a teenager that it was right to lock up homosexuals.
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I'm also working on stuff for America at the moment through my draft of The White Hotel and it maybe that Singing Detective will be transformed that way as well so I may not be able to do it in October.
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I'm an aggressive person. In about 5 minutes time you will find out.
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I'm not a critic. I won't make any judgements of that nature.
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I'm not going to say anything about my personal struggles.
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I'm quite willing to sell The Singing Detective for a large sum.
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I'm sorry, you're so Scottish I could smash your face in.
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I've been offensive to people. I'd say anything. I was arguing for my life, as it were.
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Ideals jump across the hierarchies of the printed word.
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If the Conservatives get back in the next election, the possibilities of public broadcasting would be even more remote.
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If you want to earn your bread, that's what you've got to do.
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It is a dangerous thing to have instant access to your emotions.
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It's easier to show political drama if you're naturalistic or if you're an issue writer - you know, and you say this is a scandal and so on.
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Just as I changed from studio to film, you have to keep on the balls of your feet in order to carry on.
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Just letting it out is one of the definitions of bad art.
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Just make Hoffman sing Heartbreak Hotel, make everyone vomit in the auditorium. What do I care?
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Material when it is thing and brute when it is life is what it basically is.
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Metaphor is embodied in language.
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Misogyny is a common noun, which is, to me, crap.
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My hands collapsed, totally. They were already bent over, twisting to the side in that usual arthritic way.
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My mother was one of 11 children to a Forest of Dean woman-the boys went down the pit and the girls went into domestic service.
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One miracle always leads to problems, you know, like Lazarus, as I said, had to die again.
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People endure what they endure and they deal with it. It may corrupt them. It may lead them into all sorts of compensatory excesses.
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People would think I was very shy and withdrawn and a recluse. Some people think I was very arrogant and bullying.
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People write to me all the time saying they've seen connections with this and that and can they come and see me-I think, no, sorry.
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Psychotherapy is a much more utilitarian and functional thing, an adjunct to a sick body or to a decision, a bit like marriage guidance counselling.
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Religion, you can't a handle on it, you just have to know or not know-people either believe or they don't believe.
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Some of the words and symbols and images from childhood will continually be part and parcel of my personality.
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Some of these Hollywood things are much more critically open there than they are here.
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Television's Mr. Filth: that's me.
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That vision of a common culture is now simply a remote wistfulness.
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The assumption people were making was that the singing detective was me.
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The knowledge that we have about what it is to be human that we have as a child is something we necessarily must lose.
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The loss of Eden is personally experienced by every one of us as we leave the wonder and magic and also the pains and terrors of childhood.
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The more my work improves or broadens or widens, the more surely I tame myself.
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The Singing Detective was on BBC1 and it held its audience. It was enormously complicated, but what it was saying can be said in another way.
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The strangest thing that human speech and human writing can do is create a metaphor. That is an amazing leap, is it not?
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The thing about imagination is that by the very act of putting it down, there must be some truth in one's own imagination.
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The thing that mostly upset me was how personal those reviews were. It's as though they're contending with me as a person rather than the work.
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The trouble with words is that you never know whose mouths they have been in.
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Therapy, as opposed to analysis, is a whole construct of myth, beautiful and creative.
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There is something very cruel about choices, a choice that is made without doubt and that explains so much the pain in the world.
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There's no end to the inventiveness of critics, I tell you. Because they can't write fiction, they put their impulse into their analysis of work.
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These Colonels and Majors singing Don't Step On My Blue Suede Shoes just appealed to me so much.
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To love it too much is to obscure and not see what is there.
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To see the flux, to see the work in progress and also to have the obligation not to hinder that work-there is a chance that I might get there.
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Trivial examples are extremely revealing on the whole.
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What has happened is what I predicted. I mean, the idea of meeting a literate director, you know... you can count them.
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You can make connections and you are determined to make connections, and you want the whole work to be seen so that it can be judged!
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You have to assert something about yourself in order to be yourself.
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You spend your life building a structure and then suddenly the ground on which it rests is taken away.
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Your head is warring with and battling with all sorts of things that the normal social self represses, which a writer can only do at a great cost.
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