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Harold Pinter

Pinter in December 2005
Born (1930-10-10)10 October 1930
Hackney, London, England
Died 24 December 2008(2008-12-24) (aged 78)
Acton, London, England
Occupation Playwright, screenwriter, actor, theatre director, poet
Nationality British
Period 1947–2008
Notable awards

Companion of Honour (2002)
Nobel Prize in Literature (2005)
Légion d’honneur (2007)
David Cohen Prize (1995)
Laurence Olivier Award (1996)

Spouse

Vivien Merchant (1956–1980; divorced)
Lady Antonia Fraser (1980–2008; his death)

Children

One son with Merchant,
six stepchildren with Fraser

It was difficult being a conscientious objector in the 1940's, but I felt I had to stick to my guns.
Harold Pinter
I mean, don't forget the earth's about five thousand million years old, at least. Who can afford to live in the past?
Harold Pinter
I think that NATO is itself a war criminal.
The Companion of Honour I regarded as an award from the country for 50 years of work – which I thought was okay.
Harold Pinter
Beckett had an unerring light on things, which I much appreciated.
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.
Harold Pinter
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.
Harold Pinter
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.
Harold Pinter
Occasionally it does hit me, the words on a page. And I still love doing that, as I have for the last 60 years.
Harold Pinter
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.
Harold Pinter
One is and is not in the centre of the maelstrom of it all.
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.
Harold Pinter
One's life has many compartments.
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.
Harold Pinter
This particular nurse said, Cancer cells are those which have forgotten how to die. I was so struck by this statement.
Harold Pinter
If Milosevic is to be tried, he has to be tried by a proper court, an impartial, properly constituted court which has international respect.
Harold Pinter
I don't intend to simply go away and write my plays and be a good boy. I intend to remain an independent and political intelligence in my own right.
Harold Pinter
All that happens is that the destruction of human beings – unless they're Americans – is called collateral damage.
Harold Pinter
It's so easy for propaganda to work, and dissent to be mocked.
The crimes of the U.S. throughout the world have been systematic, constant, clinical, remorseless, and fully documented but nobody talks about them.
Harold Pinter
Iraq is just a symbol of the attitude of western democracies to the rest of the world.
Harold Pinter
Apart from the known and the unknown, what else is there?
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.
Harold Pinter
There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true and what is false. A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false.
Harold Pinter
I think it is the responsibility of a citizen of any country to say what he thinks.
Harold Pinter
The Room I wrote in 1957, and I was really gratified to find that it stood up. I didn't have to change a word.
Harold Pinter
The past is what you remember, imagine you remember, convince yourself you remember, or pretend you remember.
Harold Pinter
Good writing excites me, and makes life worth living.
I never think of myself as wise. I think of myself as possessing a critical intelligence which I intend to allow to operate.
Harold Pinter
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.
Harold Pinter
I ought not to speak about the dead because the dead are all over the place.
Harold Pinter
I believe an international criminal court is very much to be desired.
Most of the press is in league with government, or with the status quo.
A short piece of work means as much to me as a long piece of work.
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.
Harold Pinter
I was brought up in the War. I was an adolescent in the Second World War. And I did witness in London a great deal of the Blitz.
Harold Pinter
There are some good rules and there are some lousy rules.
One way of looking at speech is to say it is a constant stratagem to cover nakedness.
Harold Pinter