- It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting.
- The House of Lords, an illusion to which I have never been able to subscribe—responsibility without power, the prerogative of the eunuch throughout the ages.
Lord Malquist and Mr Moon
(1966); see Kipling
- Comment is free but facts are on expenses.
Night and Day
(1978) act 2; see Scott
- I can do you blood and love without the rhetoric, and I can do you blood and rhetoric without the love, and I can do you all three concurrent or consecutive, but I can't do you love and rhetoric without the blood. Blood is compulsory—they're all blood, you see.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (1967) act 1
- The bad end unhappily, the good unluckily. That is what tragedy means.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
(1967) act 2; see Wilde
- Life is a gamble at terrible odds—if it was a bet, you wouldn't take it.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (1967) act 3
- War is capitalism with the gloves off and many who go to war know it but they go to war because they don't want to be a hero.