Zitat des Tages von Harold Pinter:
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.
I think that NATO is itself a war criminal.
Many Americans, we know, are horrified by the posture of their government but seem to be helpless.
I think it is the responsibility of a citizen of any country to say what he thinks.
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.
I found the offer of a knighthood something that I couldn't possibly accept. I found it to be somehow squalid, a knighthood. There's a relationship to government about knights.
I believe an international criminal court is very much to be desired.
One is and is not in the centre of the maelstrom of it all.
Occasionally it does hit me, the words on a page. And I still love doing that, as I have for the last 60 years.
There are some good rules and there are some lousy rules.
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.
One's life has many compartments.
A few friends and me used to go and watch Bunuel, Carne, Cocteau... Cocteau and Bunuel were surrealism. And I was very excited by that. 'Un Chien Andalou', especially.
As far as I'm concerned, 'The Caretaker' is funny up to a point. Beyond that, it ceases to be funny, and it was because of that point that I wrote it.
This particular nurse said, Cancer cells are those which have forgotten how to die. I was so struck by this statement.
Only by the sweat of my own brow. I am a totally working man.
Apart from the known and the unknown, what else is there?
I could be a bit of a pain in the arse. Since I've come out of my cancer, I must say I intend to be even more of a pain in the arse.
I certainly feel sad about the alienation from my son.
All I'm saying is that there are many different kinds of political theatre and many plays I greatly admire: 'Antigone,' 'Mother Courage,' 'All My Sons.' But, if I tackle a political theme, I have to do it in my own way.
The crimes of the U.S. throughout the world have been systematic, constant, clinical, remorseless, and fully documented but nobody talks about them.
The Companion of Honour I regarded as an award from the country for 50 years of work - which I thought was okay.
One way of looking at speech is to say it is a constant stratagem to cover nakedness.
It's so easy for propaganda to work, and dissent to be mocked.
I also found being called Sir rather silly.
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.
Beckett had an unerring light on things, which I much appreciated.
I never think of myself as wise. I think of myself as possessing a critical intelligence which I intend to allow to operate.
Drama happens in big cricket matches. But also in small cricket matches.
Iraq is just a symbol of the attitude of western democracies to the rest of the world.
I don't think there's been any writer like Samuel Beckett. He's unique. He was a most charming man and I used to send him my plays.
All that happens is that the destruction of human beings - unless they're Americans - is called collateral damage.
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.
I ought not to speak about the dead because the dead are all over the place.
I am absolutely not saying that Milosevic might not be responsible for all sorts of atrocities, but I believe that what's been left out of public debate and the press is that there was a civil war going on there.
There's a tradition in British intellectual life of mocking any non-political force that gets involved in politics, especially within the sphere of the arts and the theatre.