Alan Bennett Quotes

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Alan Bennett Quotes

Archbishop. Why do I never read the lesson?"
"I beg your pardon, maam?"
"In church. Everybody else gets to read and one never does. Its not laid down, is it? Its not off-limits?"
"Not that Im aware, maam."
"Good. Well in that case Im going to start. Leviticus, here I come. Goodnight."
The archbishop shook his head and went back to Strictly Come Dancing.
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You don't put your life into your books, you find it there.

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I'm not "happy" but I'm not unhappy about it.

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We were all miners in our family. My father was a miner. My mother is a miner. These are miner's hands, but we were all artists, I suppose, really. But I was the first one who had the urge to express myself on paper rather than at the coalface.

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I'm less genial than people think, but I'm too timid to seem nasty.

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

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Life is generally something that happens elsewhere.

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Full-blooded romantic love I wouldn't be able to write about.

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The transmission of knowledge is in itself an erotic act.

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I've been very lucky in everything, really - in my career and in finding someone to share my life with, and in not dying.

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I've never forgotten that experience. But I had nobody at school that was either like Hector or Irwin. The masters had no idea what was expected of you in the scholarship exam, so you just had to busk it really.

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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.

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