Peter Ustinov

Unfortunately, the balance of nature decrees that a super-abundance of dreams is paid for by a growing potential for nightmares.

If the world should blow itself up, the last audible voice would be that of an expert saying it can't be done.

Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.

Contrary to general belief, I do not believe that friends are necessarily the people you like best, they are merely the people who got there first.

In America, through pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from.

Critics search for ages for the wrong word, which, to give them credit, they eventually find.

Did you know that every two hours the nations of this world spend as much on armaments as they spend on the children of this world every year?

I was irrevocably betrothed to laughter, the sound of which has always seemed to me to be the most civilized music in the world.

The point of living and of being an optimist, is to be foolish enough to believe the best is yet to come.

Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.

Children are the only form of immortality that we can be sure of.

It is our responsibilities, not ourselves, that we should take seriously.

I'm convinced there's a small room in the attic of the Foreign Office where future diplomats are taught to stammer.

Her virtue was that she said what she thought, her vice that what she thought didn't amount to much.

People who reach the top of the tree are only those who haven't got the qualifications to detain them at the bottom.

The only reason I made a commercial for American Express was to pay for my American Express bill.

To refuse awards is another way of accepting them with more noise than is normal.

By increasing the size of the keyhole, today's playwrights are in danger of doing away with the door.

Beliefs are what divide people. Doubt unites them.