Quotes by Peter Ustinov

“At the age of four with paper hats and wooden swords we're all Generals. Only some of us never grow out of it.”

“Contrary to general belief, I do not believe that friends are necessarily the people you like best, they are merely the people who got there first.”

“Courage is often lack of insight, whereas cowardice in many cases is based on good information.”

“Corruption is nature's way of restoring our faith in democracy.”

“Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.”

“In America, through pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from.”

“Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.”

“I'm convinced there's a small room in the attic of the Foreign Office where future diplomats are taught to stammer.”

“I was irrevocably betrothed to laughter, the sound of which has always seemed to me the most civilised music in the world.”

“The habit of religion is oppressive, an easy way out of thought.”

“I am an optimist, unrepentant and militant. After all, in order not to be a fool an optimist must know how sad a place the world can be. It is only the pessimist who finds this out anew every day.”

“The truth is an ambition which is beyond us.”

“The truth is really an ambition which is beyond us.”

“Monica Seles: I'd hate to be next door to her on her wedding night.”

“Men think about women. Women think about what men think about them.”

“If Botticelli were alive today he'd be working for Vogue.”

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