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    The stupidity of a stupid man is mercifully intimate and reticient, while the stupidity of an intellectual is cried from the rooftops.
    — Peter Ustinov
    tags: men  stupidity 
     
    We used to have lots of questions to which there were no answers. Now, with the computer, there are lots of answers to which we haven't thought up questions.
    — Peter Ustinov
    Acting on television is like being asked by the captain to entertain the passengers while the ship goes down.
    — Peter Ustinov
    The great thing about history is that it is adaptable.
    — Peter Ustinov
    When I was small, I would refuse to drink when I ate fish because I thought the fish would reconstitute itself in my stomach
    — Peter Ustinov
    tags: thoughts 
     
    Generals are fascinating cases of arrested development - after all, at five all of us wanted to be generals.
    — Peter Ustinov
    This is a free country, madam. We have a right to share your privacy in a public place.
    — Peter Ustinov
    tags: right  shares 
     
    I think that first nights should come near the end of a play's run-as indeed, they often do.
    — Peter Ustinov
    tags: night 
     
    I believe that the Jews have made a contribution to the human condition out of all proportion to their numbers: I believe them to be an immense people. Not only have they supplied the world with two leaders of the stature of Jesus Christ and Karl Marx, but they have even indulged in the luxury of following neither one nor the other.
    — Peter Ustinov
    I had started by imitating a parrot, which is unusual, in that a parrot is supposed to imitate you. By taking the initiative you allow the parrot no alternative but to be itself, which proves again that attack is often the best defence.
    — Peter Ustinov
    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
    tags: live 
     
    Did you know that every two hours the nations of this world spend as much on armaments as they spend on the children of this world every year?
    — Peter Ustinov
    tags: children  world  child 
     
    I was irrevocably betrothed to laughter, the sound of which has always seemed to me the most civilised music in the world.
    — Peter Ustinov
    tags: laughter  world  music 
     
    Once we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our mind, our duty is to furnish it well.
    — Peter Ustinov
    tags: live  prison  mind 
     
    The French and the British are such good enemies that they can't resist being friends.
    — Peter Ustinov
    tags: enemies  friends  enemy 
     
    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
    tags: age 
     
    I have four children which is not bad considering I'm not a Catholic.
    — Peter Ustinov
    tags: children  child  bad 
     
    The habit of religion is oppressive, an easy way out of thought.
    — Peter Ustinov
    tags: thoughts 
     
    The only reason I made a commercial for American Express was to pay for my American Express bill.
    — Peter Ustinov
    tags: american 
     
    A diplomat these days in nothing, but a head waiter who is allowed to sit down occasionally.
    — Peter Ustinov
    I have three daughters and I find as a result I played King Lear almost without rehearsal.
    — Peter Ustinov
    tags: daughter 
     
    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
    tags: men  existence  night 
     
    It's wrong to flog a man. It's against his being a man.
    — Peter Ustinov
    tags: men  wrong 
     
    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
    tags: power  present  extreme 
     
    A twinge of conscience is a glimpse of God.
    — Peter Ustinov
    tags: conscience  god 
     
    American democracy is the inalienable right to sit on your front porch, in your pyjamas, drinking a can of beer and shouting out 'Where else is this possible?' Which doesn't seem to me to be freedom, really.
    — Peter Ustinov
    In my day, there were things that were done, and things that were not done, and there was even a way of doing things that were not done.
    — Peter Ustinov
    British education is probably the best in the world, if you can survive it. If you can't there is nothing left for you but the diplomatic corps.
    — Peter Ustinov
    tags: world  education 
     
    The older I get, the more people listen to me - even though I say the same as always...
    — Peter Ustinov
    tags: people 
     
    I don't know why I have these dreams. I've never wanted to be Pope. In fact, I have a greater affinity to Martin Luther.
    — Peter Ustinov
    tags: facts  dreams 
     
    I can never forgive God for having invented the French
    — Peter Ustinov
    tags: god 
     
    I am convinced that it is of primordial importance to learn more every year than the year before. After all, what is education but a process by which a person begins to learn how to learn.
    — Peter Ustinov
    The stupidity of a stupid man is exercised in a restricted field; the stupidity of an intelligent man has a much wider diffusion, and a far greater effect, aided as it is by the element of surprise.
    — Peter Ustinov
    tags: men  stupidity 
     
    I am an international citizen conceived in Russia, born in England, working in Hollywood, living in Switzerland, and touring the World.
    — Peter Ustinov
    tags: living  world  russia  england 
     
    I am just a man, not fit to do the work of God... or the Devil.
    — Peter Ustinov
    tags: men  work  devil  god 
     
    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
    tags: world  law 
     
    Artificial glamor-false eyelashes, that sort of thing-usually is put on to hide a vacuum. The most beautiful face can only look vacuous if it masks an empty head.
    — Peter Ustinov
    tags: beautiful 
     
    Laughter... the most civilized music in the world.
    — Peter Ustinov
    tags: laughter  world  music 
     
    Marriage is like a three-speed gearbox - affection, friendship, love. It is not advisable to crash your gears and go right through to love straightaway. You need to ease your way through. The basis of love is respect, and that needs to be learned from affection and friendship.
    — Peter Ustinov
    Please keep off the grass.
    — Peter Ustinov
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