Hugh Leonard Quotes.
I’m a writer, and what I do is write. I wasn’t able to do anything else.
I went through life like an idiot for a great deal of the time, saying there’s nothing I would change. That was a very arrogant thing to say. There’s a lot I would change. There are people I would have steered clear of.
I don’t think anyone is the perfect one to play me.
I feel like the writer observing the grief, but it is difficult to be detached from it.
My wife and I have enjoyed over forty years of wedded blitz.
No exercise brings into play all the muscles of the body in a more thorough manner, and none is more interesting than wrestling. He will find no other exercise more valuable in the cultivation of faculties which will help him to success in agility, strength, determination, coolness, and quick exercise of judgement.
My grandmother made dying her life’s work.
My life is every moment of my life. It is not a culmination of the past.
Sometimes silence resolves a conversation confused by Mad Misconstruction.
We were married for almost 45 years. We fought all the time, it wasn’t a great love or anything, it wasn’t a great, all-consuming passion. She was just there. A lot of people were startled because we didn’t seem devoted but we were.
Arnold Bennett was a writer I admired. He was actually taking notes at his father’s deathbed.
I think with every writer there are two people there.
I’ve always believed in survival.
An Irishman will always soften bad news, so that a major coronary is no more than ‘a bad turn’ and a near hurricane that leaves thousands homeless is ‘good drying weather’.
Gossip is more popular than literature.
It’s a natural thing for people to say, you know, Who’s in this book? I find myself get ting a little defensive. People come along and I’m waiting for that first question.
In life there exist two classes: first class and no class.
My father I liked, but it was only after his death that I got to know him by writing the play.
I’ve always enjoyed a woman’s company more than men’s. They’re usually better looking.
A thing well done is worth doing.
As somebody once said, we’re not punished for our sins, we’re punished by them.
I came down to the living room one day and my wife was standing in the living room. It wasn’t an illusion. I saw her out of the corner of my eye. The moment I saw her, she vanished.
My mother was passionate. She was stubborn, the dominant one in the family. She dominated my father.
There is only one immutable law in life – in a gentleman’s toilet, incoming traffic has the right of way.
I’m a much nicer person since my wife died. I found out what pain is, so on that level I’m much nicer.