Quotations From CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON


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  • To seduce a woman famous for strict morals, religious fervour and the happiness of her marriage: what could possibly be more prestigious?
    Christopher Hampton (b. 1946), British playwright. Valmont, in Dangerous Liaisons (1989).

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  • Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.
    Christopher Hampton (b. 1946), British playwright. Sunday Times Magazine (London, Oct. 16, 1977).
  • I think there's something degrading about having a husband for a rival. It's humiliating if you fail and commonplace if you succeed.
    Christopher Hampton (b. 1946), British playwright. Merteuil, in Dangerous Liaisons screenplay (1989).

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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.
    Christopher Hampton (b. 1946), British playwright. Don, in The Philanthropist, sc. 6.

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  • I have always thought of sophistication as rather a feeble substitute for decadence.
    Christopher Hampton (b. 1946), British playwright. Braham, in The Philanthropist, sc. 3.
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