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Never Shore Meets

I've never seen the point of the sea, except where it meets the land. The shore has a point. The sea has none.

- Alan Bennett

Set Small Obey

We started off trying to set up a small anarchist community, but people wouldn't obey the rules.

- Alan Bennett

About Took Bits

The bits I most remember about my school days are those that took place outside the classroom, as we were taken on countless theatre visits and trips to places of interest.

- Alan Bennett

Think Activity Squash

If you think squash is a competitive activity, try flower arranging.

- Alan Bennett

Doing Reader Instance

I always like to break out and address the audience. In 'The History Boys', for instance, without any ado, the boys will suddenly turn and talk to the audience and then go back into the action. I find it more adventurous doing it in prose than on the stage, but I like being able to make the reader suddenly sit up.

- Alan Bennett

Always Thought Classics

I'd somehow always thought of the classics of literature as something apart from me, something to do with academic life and not something you enjoyed.

- Alan Bennett

Through Had Died

I can't complain that I've had a public all through my writing life, but people don't quite know what I've written. People don't read you too closely. Perhaps, after I've died, they'll look at my stuff, and read it through, and find there's more in it. That may be wrong, but that's what I comfort myself with.

- Alan Bennett

Life Happens Elsewhere

Life is generally something that happens elsewhere.

- Alan Bennett

Other Glass Side

Your whole life is on the other side of the glass. And there is nobody watching.

- Alan Bennett

Closing Public Library

Closing a public library is child abuse, really, because it hinders child development.

- Alan Bennett

Expression Provided

I'm all in favour of free expression provided it's kept rigidly under control.

- Alan Bennett

About Films Embarrassment

My films are about embarrassment.

- Alan Bennett

Like Box Looking

Life is like a box of sardines and we are all looking for the key.

- Alan Bennett

Children Were Grass

Were we closer to the ground as children, or is the grass emptier now?

- Alan Bennett

Love Some Great Sense

I didn't even have a clear idea of why I wanted to go to Oxford - apart from the fact I had fallen in love with the architecture. It certainly wasn't out of some great sense of academic or intellectual achievement. In many ways, my education only began after I'd left university.

- Alan Bennett

Always Feel Underestimated

I always feel over-appreciated but underestimated.

- Alan Bennett

Never Need Been

I have no nickname, as there has never been any need for one.

- Alan Bennett

Reason Sometimes Unable

Sometimes, particularly in summers in New York, I have tried to write in shorts or with no shirt on and found myself unable to do so, the reason being, I take it, that writing, even of the most impersonal sort, is for me a divestment, a striptease, even, so that if I start off undressed, I have nowhere to go.

- Alan Bennett

Always Lives Halt

Children always assume the sexual lives of their parents come to a grinding halt at their conception.

- Alan Bennett

Will Famous Dusk

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.

- Alan Bennett

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Think More Began

IQ in general has improved since tests first began. Psychologists think that this is because modern life becomes ever more complicated.

- A. N. Wilson

Too Badly HUGS

He who hugs too much, hugs badly!

- Jeanne Calment

Too Never Wear

I never wear mascara; I laugh until I cry too often.

- Jeanne Calment

Think Love Been

When I think about atheist friends, including my father, they seem to me like people who have no ear for music, or who have never been in love.

- A. N. Wilson

Think About Tell

I don't think you can tell the objective truth about a person. That's why people write novels.

- A. N. Wilson

Think Very Socialists

I think one of the very frightening things about the regime of the National Socialists is that it made people happy.

- A. N. Wilson

Think Annoy Became

I think I became a Catholic to annoy my father.

- A. N. Wilson

Think Death Deceiving

I might be deceiving myself but I do not think that I do have an inordinate fear of death.

- A. N. Wilson

Think I Think Loyal

I think that if you can't be loyal to the Church, it's best to get out.

- A. N. Wilson

Think Too Genial

I'm less genial than people think, but I'm too timid to seem nasty.

- Alan Bennett

Too Everyone Award

The Emmy should be an ensemble award, too. I kept howling at everyone else's performances.

- Jeffrey Tambor

Too Go Rock

If I go without rock for too long, I feel depressed.

- Jello Biafra

Too World Personally

For me personally, there's too much fashion around in this world.

- Dries van Noten

Too Lives Actor

In L.A., if you're an actor, your personal and professional lives are too intertwined.

- Jena Malone

Too Famous Fate

Fate is being kind to me. Fate doesn't want me to be too famous too young.

- Duke Ellington

Education Other Genial

Aware that his disappointment has its source in a defective education, he looks with anxiety on his other daughters, whose minds, like lovely buds, are beginning to open. Where shall he find a genial soil in which he may place them to expand?

- Emma Willard