Ben Elton quotes

  • I'm easy to work with, not a pushover, but I respond to criticism and find it inspiring.
    -- Ben Elton

    #Inspiring #Criticism #Easy

  • The internet was supposed to liberate knowledge, but in fact it buried it, first under a vast sewer of ignorance, laziness, bigotry, superstition and filth and then beneath the cloak of political surveillance. Now...cyberspace exists exclusively to promote commerce, gossip and pornography. And of course to hunt down sedition. Only paper is safe. Books are the key. A book cannot be accessed from afar, you have to hold it, you have to read it.
    -- Ben Elton

    #Book #Ignorance #Keys

  • The worst thing about being a great power is when you're not one any more. It takes centuries to get over it.
    -- Ben Elton

    #Century #Worst #Over It

  • You're mugging old ladies every bit as much if you pinch their pension fund
    -- Ben Elton

    #Old Lady #Fund #Pension

  • The appropriation of radical thinking by lazy, self-obsessed hippies is a public relations disaster that could cost the earth.
    -- Ben Elton

    #Hippie #Thinking #Self

  • I think trying to be cool is the worst possible ambition - and I have never suffered from it.
    -- Ben Elton

    #Ambition #Thinking #Trying

  • No collection of people who are all waiting for the same thing are capable of holding a natural conversation. Even if the thing they are waiting for is only a taxi.
    -- Ben Elton

    #People #Waiting #Natural

  • People who get through life dependent on other people's possessions are always the first to lecture you on how little possessions count.
    -- Ben Elton

    #People #Littles #Firsts

  • The earth only has so much bounty to offer and inventing ever larger and more notional prices for that bounty does not change its real value.
    -- Ben Elton

    #Real #Doe #World

  • I try hard not to preach, but I get carried away, which is a mistake, but it's a risk worth running.
    -- Ben Elton

    #Running #Mistake #Risk

  • We've all got to look at ourselves, start with yourself, that's all you can do. I believe that we can act responsibly as a group, it's just that there are vested interests telling us not to bother.
    -- Ben Elton

    #Believe #Groups #Looks

  • I'm lucky because the strongest emotion I have ever felt is being in love, and that definitely informs my writing.
    -- Ben Elton

    #Writing #Being In Love #Lucky

  • Yes, OK, farty is a silly word. I wish I'd never used it. I'm 34. Perhaps it was a word for my 20s.
    -- Ben Elton

    #Silly #Wish #Used

  • Sympathy for victims is always counter-balanced by an equal and opposite feeling of resentment towards them.
    -- Ben Elton

    #Sympathy #Opposites #Feelings

  • I did not vote Labour because they've heard of Oasis and nobody is going to vote Tory because William Hague has got a baseball cap.
    -- Ben Elton

    #Baseball #Oasis #Vote

  • If only the strength of the love that people feel when it is reciprocated could be as intense and obsessive as the love we feel when it is not; then marriages would be truly made in heaven.
    -- Ben Elton

    #Love #Memorable #People

  • This calls for a very special blend of psychology and extreme violence.
    -- Ben Elton

    #Psychology #Special #Violence

  • Artists don't create society, they reflect it
    -- Ben Elton

    #Artist

  • Kingsley watched her disappear from the room, wondering if his heart would break. Logic informed him that of course it would not. The heart was no more than a muscle, a pump which distributed blood about the body; it had nothing whatsoever to do with a man's emotions. But if that was the case, why did it ache so?
    -- Ben Elton

    #Heart #Men #Blood

  • You didn't wake up, your dreams just changed gear.
    -- Ben Elton

    #Dream #Wake Up #Gears

  • You think I look like a teletubby?
    -- Ben Elton

    #Thinking #Looks

  • Books are the key. A book cannot be accessed from afar. You have to hold it, you have to read it.
    -- Ben Elton

    #Book #Keys #Afar

  • Any closer would unravel her mystery, the very thing which made her so truly beautiful...It was her mystery that he adored. He was in love with everything that he did not know about her... No real sexual encounter could ever match the secret one that he could nurture in his imagination... No living flesh could ever be the erotic equal of flesh kept private, untouchable and unknowable
    -- Ben Elton

    #Beautiful #Real #Imagination

  • Beyond love, beyond unrequited love, perhaps even beyond any other passion known to humanity, deep, deep in the depths of the turgid, clinging, swamplike pit of despair that lies dormant within every soul, lurks JEALOUSY. Jealousy, that most demeaning and debilitating of emotions. Jealousy, which can double the strength of the love upon which it is based, but whilst doubling it, warp and pervert it, untill it is no longer recognizable as the thing of beauty it once was. Jealous love is no more like true love than Mr Hyde was like Dr Jekyll or a stagnant swamp is like a freshwater lake.
    -- Ben Elton

    #Lying #Passion #Jealous

  • If I did things for the money, I'd have done adverts in the 1980s, when I was hot enough to be offered them, and 'Police Academy 6,' which I was asked to write.
    -- Ben Elton

    #Writing #Police #Hot

  • I loved writing 'Two Brothers' more than anything else I have written. It's the first book I've written that I've always known I wanted to write. Having said that, it also kept me awake at nights.
    -- Ben Elton

    #Brother #Book #Writing

  • I don't know what people who I've never met think about me. Some have written horrible things, some have written nice things - but I'm proud of the fact I've remained close to everyone I've ever worked with.
    -- Ben Elton

    #Nice #Thinking #People

  • There are lots of things I could have done for the money, but I've made a great living doing the things I want to do.
    -- Ben Elton

    #Done #Want #Made

  • My parents were secular. I am an atheist.
    -- Ben Elton

    #Atheist #Parent #Secular

  • I think it is very difficult to legislate for morality.
    -- Ben Elton

    #Thinking #Morality #Difficult

  • I find the fact that billionaires are quoted as if the fact that they are billionaires gives them some kind of wisdom is outrageous.
    -- Ben Elton

    #Giving #Facts #Kind

  • I exercise hard and the reason I do is so that I can earn the things I like to consume.
    -- Ben Elton

    #Exercise #Reason

  • I don't consider myself Jewish. I am half-Jewish by race but not through my mother.
    -- Ben Elton

    #Mother #Race #Half

  • Comedy will always be central to what I do, it's just an instinct for me, but I am a writer and always have been.
    -- Ben Elton

    #Comedy #Instinct

  • My advice to anyone adapting a novel is that once they've read it and learnt to understand it, then they must throw it away and never look at it again!
    -- Ben Elton

    #Advice #Looks #Novel

  • And roast beef and Yorkshire pudding is my personal signature dish.
    -- Ben Elton

    #Signatures #Pudding #Beef