Christopher Hampton Quotes

A great number of the disappointments and mishaps of the troubled world are the direct result of literature and the allied arts.... - Christopher Hampton

A great number of the disappointments and mishaps of the troubled world are the direct result of literature and the allied arts. It is our belief that no human being who devotes his life and energy to the manufacture of fantasies can be anything but fundamentally inadequate.
— Christopher Hampton

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Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.

Christopher Hampton

I always divide people into two groups. Those who live by what they know to be a lie, and those who live by what they believe, falsely, to be the truth.

Christopher Hampton

I find I have to give myself a day when I just shut myself off and do nothing but read.

Christopher Hampton

I have always thought of sophistication as rather a feeble substitute for decadence.

Christopher Hampton

I like L.A., but I think what's changed is that the kinds of films I do, the mid-range dramatic film, has become an endangered species.

Christopher Hampton

I love films. If I'd known how to get into or do it from the word go, I would have done that.

Christopher Hampton

I think there's something degrading about having a husband for a rival. It's humiliating if you fail and commonplace if you succeed.

Christopher Hampton

I'm ashamed to say the first play I saw at the Royal Court was mine.

Christopher Hampton

If I had to give a definition of capitalism I would say: the process whereby American girls turn into American women.

Christopher Hampton

If you take a really good book, then the potential is for a really good film. But you've got to get it right.

Christopher Hampton

It's great to get out of the study and work with real living and breathing people.

Christopher Hampton

Often I think the novels I read won't make very good movies - I better not say which I'm looking at for potential films! - but it's nice to have an excuse to just sit and read for a whole day.

Christopher Hampton

Since my adaptation of Ian McEwan's 'Atonement,' I get sent a lot of novels that people think will work as movies. So every now and then I make a point of sitting down and reading a couple of them.

Christopher Hampton

There is a sort of theory that you should adapt bad books because they always make more successful films.

Christopher Hampton

There was a moment in the early '80s when I wanted to work on films and wanted to live in L.A.

Christopher Hampton

To seduce a woman famous for strict morals, religious fervor and the happiness of her marriage: what could possibly be more prestigious?

Christopher Hampton

You know very well that unless you're a scientist, it's much more important for a theory to be shapely, than for it to be true.

Christopher Hampton

A great number of the disappointments and mishaps of the troubled world are the direct result of literature and the allied arts. It is our belief that no human being who devotes his life and energy to the manufacture of fantasies can be anything but fundamentally inadequate.

Christopher Hampton