Alan Bennett is an English author and Tony Award-winning playwright. Bennett's first stage play, Forty Years On, was produced in 1968. Many television, stage and radio plays followed, along with screenplays, short stories, novellas, a large body of non-fictional prose and broadcasting, and many appearances as an actor.
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Cloisters, ancient libraries ... I was confusing learning with the smell of cold stone.
The thing I think about is that once you've done it, you then start to think about what you're going to do next. It's much easier to follow something that's not been as successful as this.
Sometimes there is no next time, no time-outs, no second chances. Sometimes it's now or never.
It's subjunctive history. You know, the subjunctive? The mood used when something may or may not have happened. When it is imagined.
But most men regard their life as a poem that women threaten.
They may not have two spondees to rub together but they still want to pen their saga untrammelled by life-threatening activities like trailing round Sainsbury's, emptying the dishwasher or going to the nativity play.
f they'd been working with Alec Guinness, for instance, they wouldn't have known they were born if they'd not towed the line!
It's the one species I wouldn't mind seeing vanish from the face of the earth.
I wish they were like the White Rhinosix of them left in the Serengeti National Park, and all males.
If you find yourself born in Barnsley and then set your sights on being Virginia Woolf it is not going to be roses all the way.
There is no such thing as a good script, onlya good film, and I'm conscious that my scripts often read better than they play.
Remember. You are a physician. You are not a policeman nor are you a minister of religion. You must take people as they come. Remember, too that though you will generally know more about the condition than the patient, it is the patient who has the condition and this if nothing else bestows on him or her a kind of wisdom. You have the knowledge but that does not entitle you to be superior. Knowledge makes you the servant not the master.
Of course my standards are out of date! That's why they're called standards.
Our father the novelist; my husband the poet. He belongs to the ages - just don't catch him at breakfast. Artists, celebrated for their humanity, they turn out to be scarcely human at all.
The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours
I tried to explain to her the significance of the great poet, but without much success, The Waste Land not figuring very largely in Mam's scheme of things. "The thing is," I said finally, "he won the Nobel Prize." "Well," she said, with that unerring grasp of inessentials which is the prerogative of mothers, "I'm not surprised. It was a beautiful overcoat."
The days weren't long enough for the reading she wanted to do.
... Once I start a book I finish it. That was the way one was brought up. Books, bread and butter, mashed potato - one finishes what's on one's plate. That's always been my philosophy.
A bookshelf is as particular to its owner as are his or her clothes;
a personality is stamped on a library just as a shoe is shaped by the foot.
Life is like a box of sardines and we are all looking for the key.
I don't talk very well. With writing, you've time to get it right. Also I've found the more I talk the less I write, and if I didn't write no one would want me to talk anyway.
To read is to withdraw.To make oneself unavailable. One would feel easier about it if the pursuit inself were less...selfish.
It [Cambridge] wasn't a holy grail in the sense that I'd never been to Cambridge. But then, when I did go, the contrast between Leeds, which was very black and sooty in those days, and Cambridge, which seemed like something out of a fairystory, in the grip of a hard frost, was just wonderful.
Mark my words, when a society has to resort to the lavatory for its humour, the writing is on the wall.
All the effort went into getting there and then I had nothing left.
I thought I'd got somewhere, then I found I had to go on.
Above literature?' said the Queen. 'Who is above literature? You might as well say one was above humanity.
Children always assume the sexual lives of their parents come to a grinding halt at their conception.
An article on playwrights in the Daily Mail , listed according to Hard Left, Soft Left, Hard Right, Soft Right and Centre. I am not listed. I should probably come under Soft Centre.
I've never seen the point of the sea, except where it meets the land.
The shore has a point. The sea has none.
Books are not about passing time. They're about other lives. Other worlds. Far from wanting time to pass, one just wishes one had more of it. If one wanted to pass the time one could go to New Zealand.
God doesn't do notes, either. Did Jesus Christ say, "Can I be excused the Crucifixion?" No!
Standards are always out of date. That's what makes them standards.
Authors, she soon decided, were probably best met within the pages of their novels, and were as much creatures of the reader's imagination as the characters in their books. Nor did they seem to think one had done them a kindness by reading their writings. Rather they had done one the kindness by writing them.
Memories are not shackles, Franklin, they are garlands.
Your whole life is on the other side of the glass. And there is nobody watching.
One of the hardest things for boys to learn is that a teacher is human.
One of the hardest things for a teacher to learn is not to try and tell them.
The nearest my parents came to alcohol was at Holy Communion and they utterly overestimated its effects. However bad the weather, Dad never drove to church because Mam thought the sacrament might make him incapable on the return journey.
To begin with, it's true, she read with trepidation and some unease.
The sheer endlessness of books outfaced her and she had no idea how to go on; there was no system to her reading, with one book leading to another, and often she had two or three on the go at the same time.
Never read the Bible as if it means something.
Or at any rate don't try and mean it. Nor prayers. The liturgy is best treated and read as if it's someone announcing the departure of trains.
Here I sit, alone at 60,
Bald and fat and full of sin
Cold the seat, and loud the cistern
As I read the (Harpic) (Lysol) tin
If I am doing nothing, I like to be doing nothing to some purpose. That is what leisure means.
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.
What I'm above all primarily concerned with is the substance of life, the pith of reality. If I had to sum up my work, I suppose that's it really: I'm taking the pith out of reality.
To play Trivial Pursuit with a life like mine could be said to be a form of homeopathy.
Sometimes there is no next time, no time-outs, no second chances. Sometimes it’s now or never.
Have you ever thought, headmaster, that your standards might perhaps be a little out of date? Of course they're out of date. Standards are always out of date. That is what makes them standards.
I suppose I'm the only person who remembers one of the most exciting of his ballets-it's the fruit of an unlikely collaboration between Nijinsky on the one hand and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on the other.
No mention of God. They keep Him up their sleeves for as long as they can, vicars do. They know it puts people off.
The majority of people perform well in a crisis and when the spotlight is on them; it's on the Sunday afternoons of this life, when nobody is looking, that the spirit falters.
Reading is untidy, discursive and perpetually inviting.
Schweitzer in the Congo did not derive more moral credit than Larkin did for living in Hull.
I write plays about things that I can't resolve in my mind. I try to root things out.