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A collection of quotes and sayings by Alan Bennett on love, poems, death, books, reading, talking, heads, funerals, library, children, theatre, life and imagination.

59 Great Quotes By Alan Bennett For The Scenarist In You

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Famous As: Actor, Screenwriter, Playwright, Diarist, Writer

Born On: May 9, 1934

Born In: Armley

Alan Bennett is a popular British screenwriter, author, playwright and actor. Born in Leeds, he pursued history from Oxford University and enacted with Oxford Revue. For several years he taught and researched medieval history in the university. He shot to fame with a satirical revue titled ‘Beyond The Fringe’ for which he collaborated with Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Jonathan Miller. After this he gave up his career as an academician and took up full-time writing. In 1968, he produced his first stage play titled, ‘Forty Years On’. Some of his popular works include ‘Talking Heads’, ‘The Madness of George III’, his readings of ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ and ‘Alice’s Adventures In wonderland’ amongst others. Following is a corpus of famous thoughts, words, lines, sayings and opinions by the multi-faceted artist which have been excerpted from his works, life, writings, monologue series, researches, books, plays and readings. Presenting the famous quotes and thoughts by Alan Bennett.

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

A book is a device to ignite the imagination.

Alan Bennett

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

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

Alan Bennett

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

Alan Bennett

How do I define history? It's just one fucking thing after another

Alan Bennett

The days weren't long enough for the reading she wanted to do.

Alan Bennett

Above literature?' said the Queen. 'Who is above literature? You might as well say one was above humanity.

Alan Bennett

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

Alan Bennett

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

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

Definition of a classic: a book everyone is assumed to have read and often thinks they have.

Alan Bennett

Clichs can be quite fun. That's how they got to be clichs.

Alan Bennett

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

Alan Bennett

...she felt about reading what some writers felt about writing: that it was impossible not to do it and that at this late stage of her life she had been chosen to read as others were chosen to write.

Alan Bennett

History is just one fucking thing after another.

Alan Bennett

Cloisters, ancient libraries ... I was confusing learning with the smell of cold stone.

Alan Bennett

Reading is untidy, discursive and perpetually inviting.

Alan Bennett

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

... 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.

Alan Bennett

One reads for pleasure...it is not a public duty.

Alan Bennett

I don't always understand poetry!' 'You don't always understand it? Timms, I never understand it. But learn it now, know it now and you will understand it...whenever.

Alan Bennett

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

Alan Bennett

To read is to withdraw.To make oneself unavailable. One would feel easier about it if the pursuit inself were less...selfish.

Alan Bennett

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.

Alan Bennett

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

Alan Bennett

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

Alan Bennett

One recipe for happiness is to have to sense of entitlement.' To this she added a star and noted at the bottom of the page: 'This is not a lesson I have ever been in a position to learn.

Alan Bennett

The transmission of knowledge is in itself an erotic act.

Alan Bennett

I think of literature,' she wrote, 'as a vast country to the far borders of which I am journeying but will never reach. And I have started to late. I will never catch up.

Alan Bennett

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

History nowadays is not a matter of conviction. It’s a performance. It’s entertainment. And if it isn’t, make it so.

Alan Bennett

I have to seem like a human being all the time, but I seldom have to be one. I have people to do that for me.

Alan Bennett

Can there be any greater pleasure than to come across an author one enjoys and then to find they have written not just one book or two, but at least a dozen?

Alan Bennett

. . . there was little to choose between Jews and Catholics. The Jews had holidays that turned up out of the blue and the Catholics had children in much the same way.

Alan Bennett

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

Alan Bennett

At eighty things do not occur; they recur.

Alan Bennett

Marriage is supposed to be a partnership. Good-looking people marry good-looking people and the others take what's left.

Alan Bennett

Dakin: The more you read, though, the more you'll see that literature is actually about losers. Scripps: No. Dakin: It's consolation. All literature is consolation.

Alan Bennett

Still, to be urged to write and to be urged to publish are two different things and nobody so far was urging her to do the latter.

Alan Bennett

I am the King. I tell. I am not told. I am the verb, sir. I am not the object. (King George III)

Alan Bennett

I know what’s required. It’s perfectly simple: Justice.

Alan Bennett

Never at my best when at my best behaviour.

Alan Bennett

One seldom was able to do her a good turn without some thoughts of strangulation.

Alan Bennett

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

She‘d never taken much interest in reading. She read, of course, as one did, but liking books was something she left to other people.

Alan Bennett

Still, though reading absorbed her, what the Queen had not expected was the degree to which it drained her of enthusiasm for anything else.

Alan Bennett

It is seldom at the frontier that discoveries are made but more often in the dustbin.

Alan Bennett

I note at the age of ten a fully developed ability not quite to enjoy myself, a capacity I have retained intact ever since.

Alan Bennett

She wasn't wholly infatuated, though she liked the way he looked; but, so too did he and that unfatuated her a bit.

Alan Bennett

How old does one have to be still to say tits?

Alan Bennett

The Jews had holidays that turned up out of the blue and the Catholics had children in much the same way.

Alan Bennett

Still, for all that everybody, while not happy, is not unhappy about it. And so they go on.

Alan Bennett

The more institutions and freedoms and benefits one can take for granted – of which in my view free state-supported galleries and museums come high on the list – the more civilised a society is.

Alan Bennett

Books are wonderful, aren't they?' she said to the vice-chancellor who concurred. 'At the risk of sounding like a piece of steak,' she said, 'they tenderise one.

Alan Bennett

Proust's is a long book, though, water- skiing permitting, you could get through it in the summer recess

Alan Bennett

The prime minister did not wholly believe in the past or in any lessons that might be drawn from it.

Alan Bennett

The king is up. You attend on the king, not on the clock. When the king is awake, you are awake.

Alan Bennett

You don't put your life into books. You find it there.

Alan Bennett