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Alan Bennett Quote: “Sometimes there is no next time, no time-outs, no second chances. Sometimes it’s now or never.”

Sometimes there is no next time, no time-outs, no second chances. Sometimes it’s now or never.

— Alan Bennett



Alan Bennett Quote: “I’m not “happy” but I’m not unhappy about it.”

I’m not “happy” but I’m not unhappy about it.

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “You don’t put your life into your books, you find it there.”

You don’t put your life into your books, you find it there.

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “Life is rather like a tin of sardines – we’re all of us looking for the key.”

Life is rather like a tin of sardines – we’re all of us looking for the key.

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “A book is a device to ignite the imagination.”

A book is a device to ignite the imagination.

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “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.”

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.

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “It’s subjunctive history. You know, the subjunctive? The mood used when something may or may not have happened. When it is imagined.”

It’s subjunctive history. You know, the subjunctive? The mood used when something may or may not have happened. When it is imagined.

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “It seems to me the mark of a civilized society that certain privileges should be taken for granted such as education, health care and the safety to walk the streets.”

It seems to me the mark of a civilized society that certain privileges should be taken for granted such as education, health care and the safety to walk the streets.

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “History is a commentary on the various and continuing incapabilities of men. What is history? History is women following behind with the bucket.”

History is a commentary on the various and continuing incapabilities of men. What is history? History is women following behind with the bucket.

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “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.”

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.

— Alan Bennett



Alan Bennett Quote: “I write plays about things that I can’t resolve in my mind. I try to root things out.”

I write plays about things that I can’t resolve in my mind. I try to root things out.

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “I turned down a knighthood. It would be like having to wear a suit every day of your life.”

I turned down a knighthood. It would be like having to wear a suit every day of your life.

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “It was the kind of library he had only read about in books.”

It was the kind of library he had only read about in books.

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “I saw someone peeing in Jermym Street the other day. I thought, is this the end of civilization as we know it? Or is it simply someone peeing in Jermyn Street?”

I saw someone peeing in Jermym Street the other day. I thought, is this the end of civilization as we know it? Or is it simply someone peeing in Jermyn Street?

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “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.”

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.

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “Standards are always out of date. That’s what makes them standards.”

Standards are always out of date. That’s what makes them standards.

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “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 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.

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “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.”

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.

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “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.”

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.

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “Memories are not shackles, Franklin, they are garlands.”

Memories are not shackles, Franklin, they are garlands.

— Alan Bennett



Alan Bennett Quote: “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.”

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.

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “Your whole life is on the other side of the glass. And there is nobody watching.”

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

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “Were we closer to the ground as children, or is the grass emptier now?”

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

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “To play Trivial Pursuit with a life like mine could be said to be a form of homeopathy.”

To play Trivial Pursuit with a life like mine could be said to be a form of homeopathy.

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “If you think squash is a competitive activity, try flower arranging.”

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

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “You always know when you’re going to arrive. If you go by car, you don’t. Apart from anything else, I prefer cycling. It puts you in a good mood, I find.”

You always know when you’re going to arrive. If you go by car, you don’t. Apart from anything else, I prefer cycling. It puts you in a good mood, I find.

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “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.”

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.

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “Mark my words, when a society has to resort to the lavatory for its humour, the writing is on the wall.”

Mark my words, when a society has to resort to the lavatory for its humour, the writing is on the wall.

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “The Breed never dies. Sapper, Buchan, Dornford Yates, practitioners in that school of Snobbery withViolence that runs like a thread of good-class tweed through twentieth-century literature.”

The Breed never dies. Sapper, Buchan, Dornford Yates, practitioners in that school of Snobbery withViolence that runs like a thread of good-class tweed through twentieth-century literature.

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “I’m not good at precise, coherent argument. But plays are suited to incoherent argument, put into the mouths of fallible people.”

I’m not good at precise, coherent argument. But plays are suited to incoherent argument, put into the mouths of fallible people.

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “Had your forefathers, Wigglesworth, been as stupid as you are, the human race would never have succeeded in procreating itself.”

Had your forefathers, Wigglesworth, been as stupid as you are, the human race would never have succeeded in procreating itself.

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “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.”

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.

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “I can walk. It’s just that I’m so rich I don’t need to.”

I can walk. It’s just that I’m so rich I don’t need to.

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “God doesn’t do notes, either. Did Jesus Christ say, “Can I be excused the Crucifixion?” No!”

God doesn’t do notes, either. Did Jesus Christ say, “Can I be excused the Crucifixion?” No!

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “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.”

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.

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “We started off trying to set up a small anarchist community, but people wouldn’t obey the rules.”

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

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “If I am doing nothing, I like to be doing nothing to some purpose. That is what leisure means.”

If I am doing nothing, I like to be doing nothing to some purpose. That is what leisure means.

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “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.”

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.

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “Nature played a cruel trick on her by giving her a waxed mustache.”

Nature played a cruel trick on her by giving her a waxed mustache.

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “We were put to Dickens as children but it never quite took. That unremitting humanity soon had me cheesed off.”

We were put to Dickens as children but it never quite took. That unremitting humanity soon had me cheesed off.

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “I’m all in favour of free expression provided it’s kept rigidly under control.”

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

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “Life is generally something that happens elsewhere.”

Life is generally something that happens elsewhere.

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “Books are not about passing the time. They’re about other lives. Other worlds.”

Books are not about passing the time. They’re about other lives. Other worlds.

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “Children always assume the sexual lives of their parents come to a grinding halt at their conception.”

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

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “At eighty things do not occur; they recur.”

At eighty things do not occur; they recur.

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “I lack what the English call character, by which they mean the power to refrain.”

I lack what the English call character, by which they mean the power to refrain.

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “What she was finding also was how one book led to another, doors kept opening wherever she turned and the days weren’t long enough for the reading she wanted to do.”

What she was finding also was how one book led to another, doors kept opening wherever she turned and the days weren’t long enough for the reading she wanted to do.

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “No mention of God. They keep Him up their sleeves for as long as they can, vicars do. They know it puts people off.”

No mention of God. They keep Him up their sleeves for as long as they can, vicars do. They know it puts people off.

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “That’s a bit like asking a man crawling across the Sahara whether he would prefer Perrier or Malvern water.”

That’s a bit like asking a man crawling across the Sahara whether he would prefer Perrier or Malvern water.

— Alan Bennett


Alan Bennett Quote: “So boring you fall asleep halfway through her name.”

So boring you fall asleep halfway through her name.

— Alan Bennett

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