Harold Pinter Quotes For Success In Life

Harold Pinter CH CBE was a British playwright, screenwriter, director, and actor. These Harold Pinter quotes will motivate you in life.

Best Harold Pinter Quotes

  1. “I think we communicate only too well, in our silence, in what is unsaid, and that what takes place is a continual evasion, desperate rearguard attempts to keep ourselves to ourselves. Communication is too alarming. To enter into someone else’s life is too frightening. To disclose to others the poverty within us is too fearsome a possibility.” ~ Harold Pinter
  2. “The past is what you remember, imagine you remember, convince yourself you remember, or pretend you remember.” ~ Harold Pinter
  3. “There are some things one remembers even though they may never have happened.” ~ Harold Pinter
  4. “The speech we hear is an indication of that which we don’t hear. It is a necessary avoidance, a violent, sly, and anguished or mocking smoke screen which keeps the other in its true place. When true silence falls we are left with echo but are nearer nakedness. One way of looking at speech is to say that it is a constant stratagem to cover nakedness.” ~ Harold Pinter
  5. “When the storm is over and night falls and the moon is out in all its glory and all you’re left with is the rhythm of the sea, of the waves, you know what God intended for the human race, you know what paradise is.” ~ Harold Pinter
  6. “The more acute the experience, the less articulate its expression.” ~ Harold Pinter

  7. “No matter how you look at it, all the emotions connected with love are not really immortal; like all other passions in life, they are bound to fade at some point. The trick is to convert love into some lasting friendship that overcomes the fading passion.” ~ Harold Pinter
  8. “Language in art remains a highly ambiguous transaction, a quicksand, a trampoline, a frozen pool which might give way under you … at any time.” ~ Harold Pinter
  9. “Good writing excites me, and makes life worth living.” ~ Harold Pinter
  10. “I suggest that US foreign policy can still be defined as “kiss my ass or I’ll kick your head in.” But of course it doesn’t put it like that. It talks of “low intensity conflict…” What all this adds up to is a disease at the very centre of language, so that language becomes a permanent masquerade, a tapestry of lies.” ~ Harold Pinter
  11. “I never think of myself as wise. I think of myself as possessing a critical intelligence which I intend to allow to operate.” ~ Harold Pinter
  12. “Apart from the known and the unknown, what else is there?” ~ Harold Pinter

  13. “I’ll tell you what I really think about politicians. The other night I watched some politicians on television talking about Vietnam. I wanted very much to burst through the screen with a flame thrower and burn their eyes out and their balls off and then inquire from them how they would assess the action from a political point of view.” ~ Harold Pinter
  14. “Don’t forget the earth’s about five thousand million years old, at least. Who can afford to live in the past?” ~ Harold Pinter
  15. “A writer’s life is a highly vulnerable, almost naked activity. We don’t have to weep about that. The writer makes his choice and is stuck with it. But it is true to say that you are open to all the winds, some of them icy indeed. You are out on your own, out on a limb. You find no shelter, no protection – unless you lie – in which case of course you have constructed your own protection and, it could be argued, become a politician.” ~ Harold Pinter
  16. “Do the structures of language and the structures of reality (by which I mean what actually happens) move along parallel lines? Does reality essentially remain outside language, separate, obdurate, alien, not susceptible to description? Is an accurate and vital correspondence between what is and our perception of it impossible? Or is it that we are obliged to use language only in order to obscure and distort reality — to distort what happens — because we fear it?” ~ Harold Pinter
  17. “There never is any such thing as one truth to be found in dramatic art. There are many. These truths challenge each other, recoil from each other, reflect each other, ignore each other, tease each other, are blind to each other. Sometimes you feel you have the truth of a moment in your hand, then it slips through your fingers and is lost.” ~ Harold Pinter
  18. “It’s so easy for propaganda to work, and dissent to be mocked.” ~ Harold Pinter

  19. “Sometimes you feel you have the truth of a moment in your hand, then it slips through your fingers and is lost.” ~ Harold Pinter
  20. “The crimes of the U.S. throughout the world have been systematic, constant, clinical, remorseless, and fully documented but nobody talks about them.” ~ Harold Pinter
  21. “One’s life has many compartments.” ~ Harold Pinter
  22. “I tend to think that cricket is the greatest thing that God ever created on earth – certainly greater than sex, although sex isn’t too bad either.” ~ Harold Pinter
  23. “This particular nurse said, Cancer cells are those which have forgotten how to die. I was so struck by this statement.” ~ Harold Pinter
  24. “While The United States is the most powerful nation the world has ever seen, it is also the most detested nation that the world has ever known.” ~ Harold Pinter
  25. “There is a movement to get an international criminal court in the world, voted for by hundreds of states-but with the noticeable absence of the United States of America.” ~ Harold Pinter
  26. “The invasion of Iraq was a bandit act, an act of blatant state terrorism, demonstrating absolute contempt for the concept of international law.” ~ Harold Pinter
  27. “I know little of women. But I’ve heard dread tales.” ~ Harold Pinter

  28. “I think that NATO is itself a war criminal.” ~ Harold Pinter
  29. “There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true and what is false. A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false.” ~ Harold Pinter
  30. “Clinton’s hands remain incredibly clean, don’t they, and Tony Blair’s smile remains as wide as ever. I view these guises with profound contempt.” ~ Harold Pinter
  31. “Iraq is just a symbol of the attitude of western democracies to the rest of the world.” ~ Harold Pinter
  32. “There are places in my heart…where no living soul…has…or can ever…trespass.” ~ Harold Pinter
  33. “How can the unknown merit reverence? In other words how can you revere that of which you are ignorant? At the same time, it would be ridiculous to propose that what we know merits reverence. What we know merits any one of a number of things, but it stands to reason reverence isn’t one of them. In other words, apart from the known and the unknown, what else is there?” ~ Harold Pinter
  34. “As a writer you’re holding a dog. You let the dog run about. But you finally can pull him back. Finally, I’m in control. But the great excitement is to see what happens if you let the whole thing go. And the dog or the character really runs about, bites everyone in sight, jumps up trees, falls into lakes, gets wet, and you let that happen. That’s the excitement of writing plays-to allow the thing to be free but still hold the final leash.” ~ Harold Pinter
  35. “All that happens is that the destruction of human beings – unless they’re Americans – is called collateral damage.” ~ Harold Pinter
  36. “I don’t write with any audience in mind. I just write. I take a chance on the audience. That’s what I did originally, and I think it’s worked–in the sense that I find there is an audience.” ~ Harold Pinter
  37. “I thought the plays would speak for themselves. But they didn’t.” ~ Harold Pinter

  38. “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.” ~ Harold Pinter
  39. “How can the unknown merit reverence?” ~ Harold Pinter
  40. “Be careful how you talk about God. He’s the only God we have. If you let him go he won’t come back. He won’t even look back over his shoulder. And then what will you do?” ~ Harold Pinter
  41. “I don’t give a damn what other people think. It’s entirely their own business. I’m not writing for other people.” ~ Harold Pinter
  42. “I know the place. It is true. Everything we do Corrects the space Between death and me And you.” ~ Harold Pinter
  43. “I can’t really articulate what I feel.” ~ Harold Pinter
  44. “Watching first nights, though I’ve seen quite a few by now, is never any better. It’s a nerve-racking experience. It’s not a question of whether the play goes well or badly. It’s not the audience reaction, it’s my reaction. I’m rather hostile toward audiences—I don’t much care for large bodies of people collected together. Everyone knows that audiences vary enormously; it’s a mistake to care too much about them. The thing one should be concerned with is whether the performance has expressed what one set out to express in writing the play. It sometimes does.” ~ Harold Pinter
  45. “I believe the US is a truly monstrous force in the world, now off the leash for obvious reasons.” ~ Harold Pinter
  46. “I hate brandy…it stinks of modern literature.” ~ Harold Pinter
  47. “It’s very difficult to feel contempt for others when you see yourself in the mirror.” ~ Harold Pinter

  48. “I mean, if a thing works, if a thing is right, respect that, acknowledge it, respect it and hold to it.” ~ Harold Pinter
  49. “The theater’s much the most difficult kind of writing for me, the most naked kind, you’re so entirely restricted…. I find myself stuck with these characters who are either sitting or standing, and they’ve either got to walk out of a door, or come in through a door, and that’s about all they can do.” ~ Harold Pinter
  50. “Rationality went down the drain donkey’s years ago and hasn’t been seen since.” ~ Harold Pinter
  51. “One is and is not in the centre of the maelstrom of it all.” ~ Harold Pinter
  52. “Occasionally it does hit me, the words on a page. And I still love doing that, as I have for the last 60 years.” ~ Harold Pinter
  53. “Nothing is more sterile or lamentable than the man content to live within himself.” ~ Harold Pinter
  54. “I no longer feel banished from myself.” ~ Harold Pinter
  55. “A short piece of work means as much to me as a long piece of work.” ~ Harold Pinter
  56. “Most of the press is in league with government, or with the status quo.” ~ Harold Pinter
  57. “One way of looking at speech is to say it is a constant stratagem to cover nakedness.” ~ Harold Pinter
  58. “I also found being called Sir rather silly.” ~ Harold Pinter

  59. “My second play, The Birthday Party, I wrote in 1958 – or 1957. It was totally destroyed by the critics of the day, who called it an absolute load of rubbish.” ~ Harold Pinter
  60. “I would never use obscene language in the office. Certainly not. I kept my obscene language for the home, where it belongs.” ~ Harold Pinter
  61. “I’m not committed as a writer, in the usual sense of the term, either religiously or politically. And I’m not conscious of any particular social function. I write because I want to write. I don’t see any placards on myself, and I don’t carry any banners.” ~ Harold Pinter
  62. “I don’t intend to simply go away and write my plays and be a good boy. I intend to remain an independent and political intelligence in my own right.” ~ Harold Pinter
  63. “It was difficult being a conscientious objector in the 1940’s, but I felt I had to stick to my guns.” ~ Harold Pinter
  64. “I think it is the responsibility of a citizen of any country to say what he thinks.” ~ Harold Pinter
  65. “The weasel under the cocktail cabinet.” ~ Harold Pinter

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