"I found the offer of a knighthood something that I couldn't possibly accept. I found it to be somehow squalid, a knighthood. There's a relationship to government about knights."
"A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities."Harold Pinter on Thomas Jefferson
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."Harold Pinter on Winston Churchill
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country."Harold Pinter on Thomas Jefferson
"Government is not reason it is not eloquent it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."Harold Pinter on George Washington
"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil in its worst state, an intolerable one."Harold Pinter on Thomas Paine
"Iraq is just a symbol of the attitude of western democracies to the rest of the world."
"My second play, The Birthday Party, I wrote in 1958 - or 1957. It was totally destroyed by the critics of the day, who called it an absolute load of rubbish."
"Most of the press is in league with government, or with the status quo."
"I never think of myself as wise. I think of myself as possessing a critical intelligence which I intend to allow to operate."
"I don't intend to simply go away and write my plays and be a good boy. I intend to remain an independent and political intelligence in my own right."