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Christopher Hampton
(1946-____) born on
Jan 26
English playwright. He wrote the Tony Award-winner "The Philantropist;" other works include "Oviri," and "Hotel du Lac."
I became a virtuoso of deceit. It wasn't pleasure I was after, it was knowledge. I consulted the strictest moralists to learn how to appear, philosophers to find out what to think and novelists to see what I could get away with.

I have always thought of sophistication as rather a feeble substitute for decadence.
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.
You see, 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.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post how it feels about dogs.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Merteuil, in Dangerous Liaisons (screenplay, 1989).
R: Braham, in The Philanthropist, sc. 3.
A: The Philanthropist," Sc. 1
N: The Philanthropist," Sc. 6
K: The Sunday Times Magazine," 16 Oct 1977

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