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Peter Ustinov (Actor)

Ifwere alive today he'd be working for Vogue.
Peter Ustinov work
There is no question but that if, or a great prophet from another religion, were to come back today, he would find it virtually impossible to convince anyone of his credentials despite the fact that the vast evangelical machine on American television is predicated on His imminent return among us sinners.
Peter Ustinov religion
Beliefs are what divide people. Doubt unites them.
Peter Ustinov people
Children are the only form of immortality that we can be sure of.
Peter Ustinov immortality
Laughter would be bereaved if snobbery died.
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Politicians only get to the top because they have no qualifications to detain them at the bottom.
Peter Ustinov cat
I hate being moved. I hate that man who came in. So self-righteous, so cruel. He made fun of me, that's why I cried. You never did that. You led me into temptation by your — politeness.
Peter Ustinov self
Irrespective of nationality, soldiers are always open to the same discomfort and to the same comradeship the world over. I'll make things easy for you if you make things easy for me. That is, after all the unwritten law of the barracks.
Peter Ustinov world
To be gentle, tolerant, wise and reasonable requires a goodly portion of toughness.
Peter Ustinov good
By increasing the size of the keyhole, today's playwrights are in danger of doing away with the door.
Peter Ustinov anger
I'm convinced there's a small room in the attic of the Foreign Office where future diplomats are taught to stammer.
Peter Ustinov future
Parents are the bones on which children cut their teeth.
Peter Ustinov children
Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.
Peter Ustinov funny
In America, through pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from.
Peter Ustinov freedom
Playwrights are like men who have been dining for a month in an Indian restaurant. After eating curry night after night, they deny the existence of asparagus.
Peter Ustinov men
Unfortunately, the balance of nature decrees that a super-abundance of dreams is paid for by a growing potential for nightmares.
Peter Ustinov dreams
The truth is really an ambition which is beyond us.
Peter Ustinov truth
It is unfortunate for all that no moral issue has ever been clearer. Any attempt to plea-bargain with outlaws and renegades will only be at the expense of honor, decency and self-respect. The Serbs, are two-dimensional people with a craving for simplicity and an ideology so basic it can be understood without effort. They need enemies, not friends, to focus their two-dimensional ideas. Life for them is a simple tune, never an orchestration, or even a pleasant harmony. Animals make use of their resources with far greater felicity than these retorted creatures, whose subscription to the human race is well in arrears.
Peter Ustinov people
is not vain, but conscious of being unique.
Peter Ustinov being
Sex is a conversation carried out by other means.
Peter Ustinov conversation
Terrorism is the war of the poor, and war is the terrorism of the rich.
Peter Ustinov war
I have Russian, German, Spanish, Italian, French and Ethiopian blood in my veins.
Peter Ustinov man
The only reason I made a commercial for American Express was to pay for my American Express bill.
Peter Ustinov reason
Corruption is nature's way of restoring our faith in democracy.
Peter Ustinov faith
I'm Rally of Unionist Separist Extremes, sometimes known as the R.U.S.E. … It's the party at present in power.
Peter Ustinov time
2nd Soldier: Do you mean that, as a General, you're not the tiniest bit ambitious for our military future?General: I prefer our military past. The harm's done and there it is. As for being a General, well, at the age of four with paper hats and wooden swords, we're all Generals. Only some of us never grow out of it.
Peter Ustinov words
Stageplay and film written by Ustinov, based uponby ; these are a few sample quotes, the main artilce for this film is at
Peter Ustinov quotes
Good-bye to you too ol' Rights of Man!
Peter Ustinov you
It's hot. And there's a lot of it. I like everything about it except the flavor.
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Flogging. The only solution to every problem. I warrant even the culprit himself doesn't know! It was just — his turn!
Peter Ustinov war
It's wrong to flog a man. It's against his being a man.
Peter Ustinov man
The sea is calm you said. Peaceful. Calm above, but below a world of gliding monsters preying on their fellows. Murderers, all of them. Only the strongest teeth survive. And who's to tell me it's any different here on board, or yonder on dry land.
Peter Ustinov world
You know Seymour, there are some men who cannot stand too much perfection. They see it as a disease, which must be stamped out at its first rash showing.
Peter Ustinov men
Lieutenant Seymour: Wyatt, we do not deal with justice here, but with the law.Lieutenant Wyatt: Was not the one conceived to serve the other?
Peter Ustinov justice
I'd rather be buried at sea than on the shore when I come to die. Will you stand by the plank, mates, so I can shake a friendly hand before I sink?
Peter Ustinov sin
Billy Budd: You didn't even hate him. I think that sometimes you hate yourself. I was thinking, sir, the nights are lonely. Perhaps I could talk with you between watches when you've nothing else to do.Claggert: Lonely. What do you know of loneliness?Billy Budd: Them's alone that want to be.Claggert: Nights are long. Conversation helps pass the time.Billy Budd: Can I talk to you again, then? It would mean a lot to me.Claggert: Perhaps to me, too. [His expression suddenly sours] Oh, no. You would charm me too, huh? Get away.
Peter Ustinov time
I am just a man, not fit to do the work of God... or the Devil.
Peter Ustinov work
Once we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our mind, our one duty is to furnish it well.
Peter Ustinov mind
I was irrevocably betrothed to laughter, the sound of which has always seemed to me the most civilized music in the world.
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Contrary to general belief, I do not believe that friends are necessarily the people you like best, they are merely the people who got there first.
Peter Ustinov people
I am an optimist, unrepentant and militant. After all, in order not to be a fool, an optimist must know what a sad place the world can be. It is only the pessimist who finds this out anew every day.
Peter Ustinov world
The social sciences were for all those who had not yet decided what to do with their lives, and for all those whose premature frustrations led them into the sterile alleys of confrontation.
Peter Ustinov science
Basically I'm a very serious person, but I think the form it takes with me is comedy. I see the amusing side of all potentially pompous situations.
Peter Ustinov comedy
Her virtue was that she said what she thought, her vice that what she thought didn't amount to much.
Peter Ustinov thought
I have four children which is not bad considering I'm not a Catholic.
Peter Ustinov children
It is our responsibilities, not ourselves, that we should take seriously.
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To refuse awards is another way of accepting them with more noise than is normal.
Peter Ustinov war
Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.
Peter Ustinov forgiveness
If the world should blow itself up, the last audible voice would be that of an expert saying it can't be done.
Peter Ustinov world
Critics search for ages for the wrong word, which, to give them credit, they eventually find.
Peter Ustinov age
The point of living, and of being an optimist, is to be foolish enough to believe the best is yet to come.
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