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date: 25 April 2019

Alan Bennett 1934– 
English dramatist and actor 

  1. I have never understood this liking for war. It panders to instincts already catered for within the scope of any respectable domestic establishment.
    Forty Years On (1969) act 1
  2. Memories are not shackles, Franklin, they are garlands.
    Forty Years On (1969) act 2
  3. Standards are always out of date. That is what makes them standards.
    Forty Years On (1969) act 2
  4. Sapper, Buchan, Dornford Yates, practitioners in that school of Snobbery with Violence that runs like a thread of good-class tweed through twentieth-century literature.
    Forty Years On (1969) act 2
  5. Don't swear, boy. It shows a lack of vocabulary.
    Forty Years On (1969)
  6. Mark my words, when a society has to resort to the lavatory for its humour, the writing is on the wall.
    Forty Years On (1969)
  7. We started off trying to set up a small anarchist community, but people wouldn't obey the rules.
    Getting On (1972) act 1
  8. Children always assume the sexual lives of their parents come to a grinding halt at their conception.
    Getting On (1972)
  9. History is a commentary on the various and continuing incapabilities of men. What is history? History is women following behind with the bucket.
    The History Boys (2004)
  10. You don't have to like everything.
    proposing a notice for the National Gallery
    in Independent 24 May 1995