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Harold Pinter
Nobel Prize-winning English playwright, screenwriter, director and actor
(1930-2008)



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If only I could get down to Sidcup! I've been waiting for the weather to break. He's got my papers, this man I left them with, it's got it all down there, I could prove everything.
-- The Caretaker (1960), act 1

The earth's about five thousand millions years old. Who can afford to live in the past?
-- The Homecoming (1965)

In other words, apart from the known and the unknown, what else is there?
-- The Homecoming (1965), act 2, scene 1

There are things that I remember which may never have happened but as I recall them so they take place.
-- Old Times (1971)

The weasel under the cocktail cabinet.
-- On being asked what his plays were about, In: Anger and After by J. Russell Taylor (1962)

I tend to believe that cricket is the greatest thing that God ever created on earth... certainly greater than sex, although sex isn't too bad either.
-- Observer (London), 5 October 1980

I believe the U.S. is a truly monstrous force in the world, now off the leash for obvious reasons.
-- Independent (London), 20 September 1993


Harold Pinter on the Iraq War (Nobel Prize speech, 2005) (image)

"The invasion of Iraq was a bandit act, an act of blatant state terrorism, demonstrating absolute contempt for the concept of international law. (...) We have brought torture, cluster bombs, depleted uranium, innumerable acts of random murder, misery, degradation and death to the Iraqi people and call it 'bringing freedom and democracy to the Middle East'."
-- "Nobel Lecture: Art, Truth & Politics" (Noble Lecture, 2005)




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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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