Alan Bennett

British playwright, screenwriter, actor and author

Lived from: 1934-

Category: Movie | Writers (Contemporary)

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    Children always assume the sexual lives of their parents come to a grinding halt at their conception.
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    Closing a public library is child abuse, really, because it hinders child development.
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    Definition of a classic: a book everyone is assumed to have read and often thinks they have.
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    I always feel over-appreciated but underestimated.
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    I was an only child. I lost both my parents. By the time I was twenty I was bald. I'm homosexual. In the way of circumstances and background to transcend I had everything an artist could possibly want. It was practically a blueprint. I was programmed to be a novelist or a playwright. But I'm not.
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    I write plays about things that I can't resolve in my mind. I try to root things out.
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    I'm all in favour of free expression provided it's kept rigidly under control.
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    I've never seen the point of the sea, except where it meets the land. The shore has a point. The sea has none.
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    If you think squash is a competitive activity, try flower arranging.
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    Life is generally something that happens elsewhere.
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    Life is like a box of sardines and we are all looking for the key.
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    Those who have known the famous are publicly debriefed of their memories, knowing as their own dusk falls that they will only be remembered for remembering someone else.
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    We started off trying to set up a small anarchist community, but people wouldn't obey the rules.
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    We were put to Dickens as children but it never quite took. That unremitting humanity soon had me cheesed off.
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    Were we closer to the ground as children, or is the grass emptier now?
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About Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett is a British playwright, screenwriter, actor and author. He was born in Leeds and attended Oxford University where he studied history and performed with the Oxford Revue. He stayed to teach and research medieval history at the university for several years. His collaboration as writer and performer with Dudley Moore, Jonathan Miller and Peter Cook in the satirical revue Beyond the Fringe at the 1960 Edinburgh Festival brought him instant fame. He gave up academia, and turned to writing full-time, his first stage play Forty Years On being produced in 1968.

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