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Peter Ustinov quotes

In America, through pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from.

Sex is a conversation carried out by other means. If you get on well out of bed, half the problems of bed are solved.

Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.

Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.

I am an optimist, unrepentant and militant. After all, in order not to be a fool an optimist must know how sad a place the world can be. It is only the pessimist who finds this out anew every day.

Courage is often lack of insight, whereas cowardice in many cases is based on good information.

Corruption is nature's way of restoring our faith in democracy.

Intelligent or not, we all make mistakes and perhaps the intelligent mistakes are the worst, because so much careful thought has gone into them.

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.

If Botticelli were alive today he'd be working for Vogue.

Parents are the bones on which children cut their teeth.

Her virtue was that she said what she thought, her vice that what she thought didn't amount to much.

By increasing the size of the keyhole, today's playwrights are in danger of doing away with the door.

Laughter would be bereaved if snobbery died.

It is our responsibilities, not ourselves, that we should take seriously.

The French and the British are such good enemies that they can't resist being friends.

At the age of four with paper hats and wooden swords we're all Generals. Only some of us never grow out of it.

Critics search for ages for the wrong word, which, to give them credit, they eventually find.

I have four children which is not bad considering I'm not a Catholic.

I was irrevocably betrothed to laughter, the sound of which has always seemed to me the most civilised music in the world.