My father was in the First World War.
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The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven't changed in seventy or eighty years. Your body changes, but you don't change at all. And that, of course, causes great confusion.
I think kids ought to travel. I think it's very good to carry kids around. It's good for them. Of course it's tough on the parents.
There's an unconscious bias in our society: girls are wonderful boys are terrible. And to be a boy, or young man, growing up, having to listen to all this, it must be painful.
I do not think that marriage is one of my talents. I've been much happier unmarried than married.
What really fascinates me is this need that is so strong now that if you read a work of the imagination you instantly have to say, 'Oh, what this really is is so-and-so,' reducing it to a simple formula.
We use our parents like recurring dreams, to be entered into when needed.
When you're young you think that you're going to sail into a lovely lake of quietude and peace. This is profoundly untrue.
Our society is dependent on some precarious mechanisms, and they are very dicey. They can easily collapse.
I don't think that the feminist movement has done much for the characters of women.
I think a lot of romanticizing has gone on with the women's movement.
Yeah, I mean the material, directors, the other cast, and if you think you can do something with the character then you do it and go from there. I am looking forward to doing some smaller movies.
Live truth instead of professing it.
I heard a definition once: Happiness is health and a short memory! I wish I'd invented it, because it is very true.
To attempt seeing Truth without knowing Falsehood. It is the attempt to see the Light without knowing the Darkness. It cannot be.
Salman Rushdie, indeed any writer who abuses the prophet or indeed any prophet under Islamic law, the sentence for that is actually death.
The enemy of society is middle class and the enemy of life is middle age.
Be more dedicated to making solid achievements than in running after swift but synthetic happiness.
Our age knows nothing but reaction, and leaps from one extreme to another.
They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.
I lead no party I follow no leader. I have given the best part of my life to careful study of Islam, its law and polity, its culture, its history and its literature.