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" Apart from the known and the unknown, what else is there? "
" A short piece of work means as much to me as a long piece of work. "
" George W. Bush is always protesting that he has the fate of the world in mind and bangs on about the 'freedom-loving peoples' he's seeking to protect. I'd love to meet a freedom-hating people. "
" I left school at sixteen - I was fed up and restless. The only thing that interested me at school was English language and literature, but I didn't have Latin, and so couldn't go on to university. So I went to a few drama schools, not studying seriously; I was mostly in love at the time and tied up with that. "
" 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. "
" One way of looking at speech is to say it is a constant stratagem to cover nakedness. "
" Beckett had an unerring light on things, which I much appreciated. "
" This particular nurse said, Cancer cells are those which have forgotten how to die. I was so struck by this statement. "
" It's so easy for propaganda to work, and dissent to be mocked. "
" Political theatre presents an entirely different set of problems. Sermonising has to be avoided at all cost. Objectivity is essential. The characters must be allowed to breathe their own air. The author cannot confine and constrict them to satisfy his own taste or disposition or prejudice. "
" No one wanted me to be a conscientious objector. My parents certainly didn't want it. My teacher and mentor, Joe Brearley, didn't want it. My friends didn't want it. I was alone. "
" 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. "
" All that happens is that the destruction of human beings - unless they're Americans - is called collateral damage. "
" The crimes of the U.S. throughout the world have been systematic, constant, clinical, remorseless, and fully documented but nobody talks about them. "
" I mean, don't forget the earth's about five thousand million years old, at least. Who can afford to live in the past? "
" The effect of depleted uranium, used by America in the Gulf War, is never referred to. "
" I'm well aware that I have been described in some quarters as being 'enigmatic, taciturn, prickly, explosive and forbidding'. Well, I have my moods like anyone else; I won't deny it. "
" Quite simply, my writing life has been one of relish, challenge, excitement. "
" Good writing excites me, and makes life worth living. "
" I used to get up at five in the morning and play cricket. "
" The past is what you remember, imagine you remember, convince yourself you remember, or pretend you remember. "
" Truth in drama is forever elusive. You never quite find it, but the search for it is compulsive. The search is clearly what drives the endeavour. The search is your task. "
" There was one man in the Labour government, Robin Cook, whom I had a very high regard for. He had the courage to speak out and to resign over Iraq. He was an admirable man. But resignation over a matter of principle is not a very fashionable thing in our society. "
" Drama happens in big cricket matches. But also in small cricket matches. "
" Only by the sweat of my own brow. I am a totally working man. "