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Christopher Hampton

I have always thought of sophistication as rather a feeble substitute for decadence.

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Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.

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Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post how it feels about dogs.

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Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.

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If I had to give a definition of capitalism I would say: the process whereby American girls turn into American women.

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You know very well that unless you're a scientist, it's much more important for a theory to be shapely, than for it to be true.

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I think there's something degrading about having a husband for a rival. It's humiliating if you fail and commonplace if you succeed.

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To seduce a woman famous for strict morals, religious fervor and the happiness of her marriage: what could possibly be more prestigious?

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I always divide people into two groups. Those who live by what they know to be a lie, and those who live by what they believe, falsely, to be the truth.

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A great number of the disappointments and mishaps of the troubled world are the direct result of literature and the allied arts. It is our belief that no human being who devotes his life and energy to the manufacture of fantasies can be anything but fundamentally inadequate.

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