Quotes (14)

  • There was no need to do any housework at all. After the first four years the dirt doesn't get any worse.
  • An autobiography is an obituary in serial form with the last chapter missing.
  • Of course I lie to people. But I lie altruistically - for our mutual good. The lie is the basic building block of good manners. That may seem mildly shocking to a moralist - but then what isn't?
  • Never keep up with the Joneses; drag them down to your level. It's cheaper.
  • [when asked if he had any speaking engagements planned for his 100th birthday] "I should hope I'll be dead by then."
  • John Hurt is my representative here on Earth.
  • If I have any ambition, other than to be a chronic invalid, is to meet everybody in the world before I die. And I'm not doing badly.
  • [on "Swann in Love"] Mr. Proust was a wierdo who, although Jewish, was determined to slither like a snake through French society, and who, though (suffering) from nervous disorders, insisted on drinking coffee.
  • Life is a disease for which movies are a cure.
  • I'm not a drop out, I was never in.
  • The people that look funny get stuck with the Arts, and that happened to me.
  • If you're on a tightrope when you first set off you don't know how much play there is in the rope, but when you get into the middle between the ages of 20 and 40 the thing rocks like mad and it's too late to go back even to look back. But if you go on as carefully as you can, you see the other platform and then you just make a dash for it not bothering with what the audience thinks, or waving your arms or looking dangerous, and difficult and prodigious. What you grab hold of when you get to the other side in fact the edge of your coffin. And you get into it and you lie down and you think, 'my cuffs are frayed', 'I haven't written to my mother'. And then you think 'its doesn't matter because I'm dead'. And this is a message of hope. It will come to an end. It will come, we cannot be blamed for it and we shall be free.
  • Beauty is not a woman, it's a man's idea of a woman.
  • There is one rule in life: Live Alone.