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Quotes / Kenneth Williams

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"I've always stayed on the sidelines. Getting the pleasure vicariously. It's not wholly satisfactory, but then of course, no lives are, and you know what I think about indiscriminate sex and promiscuous trade. I think it's the beginning of a long, long road to despair.”
Kenneth Williams, on celibacy

"The quote, like opportunity, food and love, has got to come at the right moment. Blurted out, it can send your ego round your ankles."
Kenneth Williams, on comic timing

“People need to be peppered or even outraged occasionally. Our national comedy and drama is packed with earthy familiarity and honest vulgarity.”
Kenneth Williams, on smut in comedy

“[Dr Zhivago] may be the Great Russian Novel, but it’s a pain in the arse as a film.”

“My father and I didn’t get on. He was sport-mad and wanted a son who enjoyed that. He also liked to go to the pub for a pint of bitter. When I was old enough to go with him, I asked for a sweet sherry. He was shocked and said, ‘You namby-pamby sod.’ ”