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All Quotes by author - Patrick Marber
" A couple of flop plays, a death in the family, and it could all collapse. "
" Almost every play is 10, 15 minutes too long. "
" Always when I directed the play, I was always trying to cast people not who were necessarily like the characters, but people who I felt had the essential component that the character had, some kind of soul for it. "
" A part of me would like to see the money go to hospitals or housing, but I have benefited so greatly from funding for the National Theatre, which has been incredible. "
" But I'm the sort of person who, if certain structures topple, it could all go horribly wrong. "
" But I think the thing I'm proud of about the film is that there aren't many films - either independent films or mainstream Hollywood films - that are like this; it's of its own times, and it's the film Mike Nichols wanted to make. "
" Enough people like me. Enough to let me sleep at night. "
" Great comedy is always sadistic. "
" I come back to the theatre happily knowing that while it won't make me rich, it will provide me with fun. "
" I consider myself a Jewish writer, like all my heroes: Tom Stoppard, David Mamet, Philip Roth, Arthur Miller, Woody Allen. "
" I'd been to the Comedy Store, and I loved the terror of it and the way the best comedians could control the crowd. What confidence that would give you, if you could somehow survive. "
" I did have a midlife crisis. "
" I dispute that 'Closer' is about betrayal. Betrayal is one of the elements. "
" I don't feel so alive if I'm not being creative. "
" I don't try to be likeable. The worst thing people do is present versions of themselves to the world that aren't real. "
" If I get anything out, producing anything, no matter whether it's good or not, I allow myself a little pat on the back. "
" I have made a decision that in future, I will only take on movies that have a better than 75 per cent chance of being made, and that's not easy. "
" I have the comedian's fear of bottles flying. I've never been bottled off, but I have had things thrown at me. Bag of crisps. And there's still a part of me, when I sit in an audience, that thinks people are going to start heckling the play. "
" I hoped the dramatic power of the play would rest on that tension between elegant structure - the underlying plan is that you see the first and last meeting of every couple in the play - and inelegant emotion. "
" I know it's a film and all of that, and it's a Hollywood film, but it kind of feels like this sometimes, when you're in pain and it hurts, and you're desperate. Or you are about to cross some moral line and it's so seductive and you just do... and all that. "
" I like them all - I don't always approve. I see myself as a sort of benevolent uncle to these characters, and I can see why they do what they do; sometimes they make some mistakes, but at heart I think they're decent. "
" I'm a Golden Globe nominee, yes. It's very nice. It's a very nice thing, but I kind of think of all the awards I wasn't ever nominated for, for years and things. "
" I'm a happily married man and I think to get married you have to be optimistic. "
" I'm a Jew. I think of myself as a Jew first and Englishman second. "
" I'm constantly having to be vigilant with a depressive tendency, an addictive tendency. "
" I mean when the play was on in New York I was starting to get film offers coming through, and since the film's come out I get offered more than I used to, but it happens incrementally. "
" In 2012, I really thought, 'That's it. It's over. I've written what I can write.' "
" It doesn't really feel like it's got anything to do with me. I mean, I know I wrote it, and all that and invented the characters and made it up, but it's Mike's film, so doing the press and stuff, it feels a little bit inauthentic. I was just one component of it. "
" I think I write serious comedies. I would love to be able to write for pure pleasure, but the undertow is always loneliness. "
" I think writing is a glorious and noble thing. "
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