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Top Ten Pinter Quotes

By Lauren Ball

In recent years, the West End has gone Pinter crazy. We've even named a theatre after him. So why has London fallen so in love with his words and the pauses between them? We think these ten quotes will show you.

Harold Pinter

When you lead a life of scholarship you can't be bothered with the humorous realities, you know, tits, that kind of thing.

Ashes to Ashes


I hate stinks of modern literature.



I'm not going to bed without you.

The Homecoming


Despair, old fruit, is a cancer. It should be castrated.

One for the Road


You have a wonderful casserole I mean wife.

Old Times


One way of looking at speech is to say it is a constant stratagem to cover nakedness.

Various Voices: Prose, Poetry, Politics


You taught me things a girl shouldn't know before she's been married at least three times!

The Birthday Party


I shall miss you so much when I'm dead. The loveliest of smiles. The softness of your
body in our bed.

Poem for Lady Antonia Fraser


Nobody had a thigh-kissing view, nobody but you had the thighs which kissed.

Old Times


I know little of women. But I've heard dread tales.