Harold Pinter cytaty
Data urodzenia: 10. Październik 1930
Data zgonu: 24. Grudzień 2008
Harold Pinter – angielski dramaturg, pisarz, reżyser teatralny i scenarzysta, laureat literackiej Nagrody Nobla w 2005, otrzymanej za odkrywanie „przepaści pod codzienną gadaniną i wymuszanie wejścia do zamkniętych przestrzeni ucisku” .
Zaliczany do czołowych przedstawicieli teatru absurdu. Pinter był też twórcą tzw. „komedii zagrożenia” , obnażającej pozorność komunikacji między ludźmi i dramatyczną bezradność człowieka zarówno wobec świata zewnętrznego, jak i własnej podświadomości .
Cytaty Harold Pinter
— Harold Pinter, Various Voices: Prose, Poetry, Politics
Context: The speech we hear is an indication of that which we don't hear. It is a necessary avoidance, a violent, sly, and anguished or mocking smoke screen which keeps the other in its true place. When true silence falls we are left with echo but are nearer nakedness. One way of looking at speech is to say that it is a constant stratagem to cover nakedness. (14)
„I believe his arrest and detention by the international criminal tribunal is unconstitutional, and goes against Yugoslav and international law. They have no right to try him.</blockquote“
— Harold Pinter
On the arrest of Slobodan Milošević, as quoted by Fiachra Gibbons, in "Free Milosevic, says Pinter" http://www.guardian.co.uk/serbia/article/0,2479,527545,00.html, The Guardian (26 July 2001).
„A writer's life is a highly vulnerable, almost naked activity. We don't have to weep about that. The writer makes his choice and is stuck with it. But it is true to say that you are open to all the winds, some of them icy indeed. You are out on your own, out on a limb. You find no shelter, no protection — unless you lie — in which case of course you have constructed your own protection and, it could be argued, become a politician.“
„It's a strange moment, the moment of creating characters who up to that moment have had no existence. What follows is fitful, uncertain, even hallucinatory, although sometimes it can be an unstoppable avalanche. The author's position is an odd one. In a sense he is not welcomed by his characters. They resist him, they are not easy to live with.“
„When we look into a mirror we think the image that confronts us is accurate. But move a millimetre and the image changes. We are actually looking at a never-ending range of reflections. But sometimes a writer has to smash the mirror — for it is on the other side of that mirror that the truth stares at us.
I believe that despite the enormous odds which exist, unflinching, unswerving, fierce intellectual determination, as citizens, to define the real truth of our lives and our societies is a crucial obligation which devolves upon us all. It is in fact mandatory.
If such a determination is not embodied in our political vision we have no hope of restoring what is so nearly lost to us — the dignity of man.“
„I suggest that US foreign policy can still be defined as "kiss my ass or I'll kick your head in." But of course it doesn't put it like that. It talks of "low intensity conflict..."
What all this adds up to is a disease at the very centre of language, so that language becomes a permanent masquerade, a tapestry of lies.“
— Harold Pinter
"Oh, Superman", broadcast for Opinion, Channel 4, 31 May 1990; Various Voices: Prose, Poetry, Politics 1948-2005, rev. ed. (1998; London: Faber and Faber, 2005) 198-99.