Inspiring quotes by Alan Bennett

Top 10 most inspiring quotes 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.
  • 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.
  • We started off trying to set up a small anarchist community, but people wouldn’t obey the rules.
  • Above literature?’ said the Queen. ‘Who is above literature? You might as well say one was above humanity.
  • Sometimes there is no next time, no time-outs, no second chances. Sometimes it’s now or never.
  • 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.
  • History is a commentary on the various and continuing incapabilities of men. What is history? History is women following behind with the bucket.
  • It’s subjunctive history. You know, the subjunctive? The mood used when something may or may not have happened. When it is imagined.
  • 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.
  • 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, born on May 9, 1934, in Leeds, West Yorkshire, is a renowned British playwright, author, and actor. Known for his distinctive wit and keen observational skills, Bennett’s career has spanned several decades and garnered widespread acclaim.

Educated at Oxford University, Bennett began his career as a comedy writer and performer in the satirical revue “Beyond the Fringe” alongside Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, and Jonathan Miller in the early 1960s. He gained further recognition with his television series “Talking Heads,” which featured monologues showcasing his ability to capture the complexities of human nature with humor and empathy.

Bennett’s notable works for the stage include “The Madness of George III” and “The History Boys,” both of which earned critical acclaim and numerous awards. His literary contributions extend to novels such as “The Uncommon Reader” and “The Clothes They Stood Up In.”

Beyond his artistic achievements, Bennett is known for his distinct Yorkshire identity and his advocacy for social issues. He was honored with a multitude of awards, including a Tony Award, an Olivier Award, and a BAFTA Award, reflecting his significant impact on the world of literature and theater.

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