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" A great deal of energy is wasted in hating people, and I can honestly say I've no wish to expend such a precious resource on being outraged about anyone. "
" I've got lots of friends who are musicians, and there is a fair proportion of broken marriages and relationships as a result. You are on the move all the time. It's difficult if you have kids, and it's hard to make money unless you are in the premier league. "
" You cannot use the democratic process for the procurement of excellence. "
" There's no reason for your imagination to be fettered by money. "
" I am a big fan of long drop, composting toilets - I like the cycle of using waste. When you have experienced one and seen what comes out of the bottom, it is amazing stuff. It's the most beautiful, driest, sweet-smelling compost. "
" Living an environmentally responsible lifestyle can seem like a Scrooge-like list of don'ts. Don't take that flight, don't buy that car, don't eat those blueberries flown in from somewhere far-flung. "
" Luckily I have never missed a day's filming or work due to asthma. "
" The thing that I champion is sustainability. My terror is that suddenly we see it as a luxury, not an essential. That's a danger. "
" Building design isn't trendy. "
" There's nothing you can do about busted ribs. You just have to wait for them to pop back into place again. "
" I was never a hugely successful theatre designer. I painted a lot of scenery and did the lighting, and my lighting business grew out of that. "
" Self-builders are the adrenalin junkies of the DIY world; it's the equivalent of base-jumping off the top of the Gherkin to land in a paddling pool. "
" Architecture was pretty much the sexiest thing to be doing from 1700-1800. "
" I'm terrified of being poor, I always have been. It's growing up as a Methodist. I'll spend that bit of extra money to get a better seat on a train sometimes, because it's quieter and calmer, but I refuse to spend money on clothes. "
" Generally speaking, I think that if you do anything with commitment and passion, it will come good. "
" Every decently-made object, from a house to a lamp post to a bridge, spoon or egg cup, is not just a piece of 'stuff' but a physical embodiment of human energy, testimony to the magical ability of our species to take raw materials and turn them into things of use, value and beauty. "
" My favourite authors include Trollope and Dickens. "
" I like the absurd and the surreal: the Coen brothers, Bunuel, Kubrick. "
" The more of your private life you put into the public domain, the smaller your private life becomes. "
" I don't want anything that I buy to have done any harm to anyone or anything. "
" People have got to get over the fear of not being able to trust others. I come across people who are very successful in their own sphere, and really believe they can do it all themselves, but they can't. "
" Building your own house is a primal urge, one of those universal genetic drives like the need to provide for your family. "
" I've got a farm in Somerset, and I think it's God's own country. I love it. "
" I cannot look at modern buildings without thinking of historical ones. "
" I don't enjoy living in a white box flooded with light. I like shadows, small spaces, old furniture. "
" I've had my fair share of colds, which last longer than they should and can cause wheezing, so I avoid people who are sneezing like the plague and am scrupulous about hygiene and hand-washing. "
" I have a recurring nightmare that I wake up in a gutter with nothing. I've had it all my life. That's why I work, I think. "
" As a property developer, I learned a long time ago to choose your battles wisely and that, unfortunately, compromise is a given. "
" What happened in 2008 stopped people in their tracks. People stopped looking at their homes simply as commodities to exploit and starting thinking about how they might personalise that space and make them less bland and more autobiographical, and that's healthy, I think. "
" Building a house from scratch in the middle of a field is a bit like building a prototype car. As with all prototypes, if you're building a car you usually have the luxury of producing several prototypes before you arrive at the production line version - so the opportunity for changing things is quite rich. "
" I hate negativity. I hate people who say the phrase 'I hate'. I really don't like the word 'hate.' Dislike, frightened of, terrified of, or yukky - but not 'hate.' "