"There's a tradition in British intellectual life of mocking any non-political force that gets involved in politics, especially within the sphere of the arts and the theatre."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Harold Pinter on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Harold Pinter on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Harold Pinter on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Harold Pinter on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Harold Pinter on Joseph Stalin
"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."
"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."
"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."