If you think squash is a competitive activity, try flower arranging.
Teachers need to feel they are trusted. They must be allowed some leeway to use their imagination; otherwise, teaching loses all sense of wonder and excitement.
The bits I most remember about my school days are those that took place outside the classroom, as we were taken on countless theatre visits and trips to places of interest.
Were we closer to the ground as children, or is the grass emptier now?
I always feel over-appreciated but underestimated.
I don't believe in private education.
I write plays about things that I can't resolve in my mind. I try to root things out.
We were all miners in our family. My father was a miner. My mother is a miner. These are miner's hands, but we were all artists, I suppose, really. But I was the first one who had the urge to express myself on paper rather than at the coalface.
Definition of a classic: a book everyone is assumed to have read and often thinks they have.
Those who have known the famous are publicly debriefed of their memories, knowing as their own dusk falls that they will only be remembered for remembering someone else.
I've never seen the point of the sea, except where it meets the land. The shore has a point. The sea has none.
I didn't even have a clear idea of why I wanted to go to Oxford - apart from the fact I had fallen in love with the architecture. It certainly wasn't out of some great sense of academic or intellectual achievement. In many ways, my education only began after I'd left university.
I do not long for the world as it was when I was a child. I do not long for the person I was in that world. I do not want to be the person I am now in that world then. None of the forms nostalgia can take fits. I found childhood boring. I was glad it was over.
Closing a public library is child abuse, really, because it hinders child development.
Children always assume the sexual lives of their parents come to a grinding halt at their conception.
I'm less genial than people think, but I'm too timid to seem nasty.
Life is like a box of sardines and we are all looking for the key.
We were put to Dickens as children but it never quite took. That unremitting humanity soon had me cheesed off.
All knowledge is precious whether or not it serves the slightest human use.
I'm all in favour of free expression provided it's kept rigidly under control.