Peter Ustinov Quotes

Laughter would be bereaved if snobbery died.

I believe it is a form of decadence merely to be shocking. Shock works on the nerves and not on the intellect and any idea which has to rely on pulling at the nervous system is decadent.

He shows great originality, which must be curbed at all cost. (his favorite school report)

I am an optimist, unrepentant and militant. After all, in order not to be a fool an optimist must know how sad a place the world can be. It is only the pessimist who finds this out anew every day.

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

Intelligent or not, we all make mistakes. And perhaps the intelligent mistakes are the worst, because so much careful thought has gone into them.

We are condemned to rub shoulders with injustice all our lives, and we are often judged by our acceptance of this fact. The spirit in which we manage it can even be said to be a measure of our maturity.

The beauty of injustice is that it works both ways -in your favor as well as against you.

It is culture which is the cornerstone of amity, the prerequisite of concord.

American democracy is like that of a rich man who hails the porter at his apartment block, ‘Hi Tom!’ (his name is really Jack) ‘How are the kids, Tom?’ (he has no children) Yet both parties are pleased with the transaction.