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Peter Ustinov
English actor, director and writer of Russian descent
(1921-2004)



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A diplomat these days is nothing but a head waiter who's allowed to sit down occasionally.
-- Romanoff and Juliet (1956)

As for being a General, well, at the age of four with paper hats and wooden swords we're all Generals. Only some of us never grow out of it.
-- Romanoff and Juliet (1956)

If Botticelli were alive today he'd be working for Vogue.
-- Quoted in: Observer (London), 21 October 1962

Would it have helped Ben Hur if Christ had not been crucified?
-- Commenting when the financiers of Billy Budd suggested a happy ending for that movie, quoted in: Dear Me (1977)

I do not believe that friends are necessarily the people you like best, they are merely the people who got there first.
-- Dear Me (1977)

Parents are the bones on which children sharpen their teeth.
-- Dear Me (1977)

Thanks to the movies, gunfire has always sounded unreal to me, even when being fired at.
-- Dear Me (1977)

There are no old men any more. Playboy and Penthouse have between them made an ideal of eternal adolescence, sunburnt and saunaed, with the grey drained out of it.
-- Dear Me (1977)

Once we are destined to live our lives in the prison of our mind, our one duty is to furnish it well.
-- Dear Me (1977)


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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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