Dennis Potter - Quotes

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The trouble with words is that you never know whose mouths they have been in. ---->>>

I believe everybody is responsible for what they do themselves. ---->>>

Some of the words and symbols and images from childhood will continually be part and parcel of my personality. ---->>>

You have to assert something about yourself in order to be yourself. ---->>>

I did not fully understand the dread term 'terminal illness' until I saw Heathrow for myself. ---->>>

The strangest thing that human speech and human writing can do is create a metaphor. That is an amazing leap, is it not? ---->>>

Children can write poetry and then, unless they're poets, they stop when reach puberty. ---->>>

As adults, we do know more, but we don't know enough. People can be very unthinkingly callous. ---->>>

I was given talent, and if you are given it, it is your obligation to use it. ---->>>

To love it too much is to obscure and not see what is there. ---->>>

A bad act done will fester and create in its own way. It's not only goodness that creates. Bad things create. They have their own yeast. ---->>>

Children are very cruel, yes. Of course. Children are extraordinarily cruel little creatures. ---->>>

Metaphor is embodied in language. ---->>>

As a piece of literacy criticism, Freud's best writing is about Dostoyevsky. It's a kind of displaced literacy criticism. ---->>>

I think childhood is to everyone a lost land. ---->>>

People endure what they endure and they deal with it. It may corrupt them. It may lead them into all sorts of compensatory excesses. ---->>>

Religion, you can't a handle on it, you just have to know or not know-people either believe or they don't believe. ---->>>

The loss of Eden is personally experienced by every one of us as we leave the wonder and magic and also the pains and terrors of childhood. ---->>>

God, I'm such a lazy writer - I can't even think up new names. ---->>>

I have been aware, from the age of 6, that I had talent. ---->>>

Ideals jump across the hierarchies of the printed word. ---->>>

There's no end to the inventiveness of critics, I tell you. Because they can't write fiction, they put their impulse into their analysis of work. ---->>>

Everything we do has consequences. ---->>>

That vision of a common culture is now simply a remote wistfulness. ---->>>

Therapy, as opposed to analysis, is a whole construct of myth, beautiful and creative. ---->>>

It is a dangerous thing to have instant access to your emotions. ---->>>

Just letting it out is one of the definitions of bad art. ---->>>

The thing about imagination is that by the very act of putting it down, there must be some truth in one's own imagination. ---->>>

Television's Mr. Filth: that's me. ---->>>

The knowledge that we have about what it is to be human that we have as a child is something we necessarily must lose. ---->>>

The more my work improves or broadens or widens, the more surely I tame myself. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: British
Born: 05-17, 1935
Birthplace:
Die: 06-07, 1994
Occupation: Dramatist
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Dennis Christopher George Potter (17 May 1935 – 7 June 1994) was an English television dramatist, screenwriter and journalist. After standing for parliament as a Labour candidate at the 1964 general election, his health was affected by the onset of psoriatic arthropathy which led to him becoming a playwright (wikipedia)