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Diaries of Note

I have just been through one of the most extraordinary scenes imaginable

Look for me in the trees. I will be there in the trees.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Christmas should be more than just external things, Tommy

Another stupid party last night

Sometimes I think that one of the reasons why we are fighting this war is because we want to save Christmas

I talked with Santa yesterday and he is fine

She was the beat of my heart for thirty years

To hell with Christmas

Your playing has got worse and worse

Never think of remorse

You can’t have a show with no audience

I am speaking on behalf of 640 kids who all HATE you

There are only three kinds of things anyone need ever do...

I’m going to keep hustling and scuffling

I can and will do more good if I were made a Federal Agent at Large

Your birthday shall always be a Thanksgiving Day to me

We feel doubly bereft

By the time I was in the fifth grade, I knew I either wanted to be a nun or a movie star

God's Law

That the situation is hopeless should not prevent us from doing our best

It always seems to me that so few people live — they just seem to exist

You will not have my hatred

I’ve been a prisoner of war since December 19th, 1944...

Take life seriously but none of the people in it

All any of us can do is follow our own conscience and retain faith in our democracy

I intend to spend the rest of my life wasting time

I thought of you, as the flames shot up

I long to surprise him with terrific disguises

I shall always be with you

Portentous, derisive, dull, dismal, damnable...


I have been worrying about Russia and the United States getting into a nuclear war


How to say no

Every page fills me with a sick loathing

May I suggest that Mr. Bond be armed with a revolver?

It was hard to give five sons all at once to the Navy

I think one of the noblest projects for anyone in age is to find a shape in his life

A spectacle, not of reverent mourning, but of intolerable ignorance

I will NOT give up the belief in true love

The Creative Urge

Most letters from a parent contain a parent’s own lost dreams disguised as good advice

I cannot bear to think of Lilibet, so young to bear such a burden

Allow me to enlighten your readers...

Art is an adventure into an unknown world

Tears don't flow the same in space

If we love, we grieve. That’s the deal.

I do not wish to spend the rest of my life with my nose nailed to other people’s lavatories

The longor you keep my Child from me the longor you will have to burn in hell

I consider reading the greatest bargain in the world

The Ax

Torturing the Saxophone

I refuse to be cheated out of my deathbed scene

Thom seems to be a baby-shaped baby and I like him very much

Your name is upon every tongue

You puked on everything decent I ever owned

Modern life is often a mechanical oppression and liquor is the only mechanical relief

If you only had a Beatle haircut you would be the most beautiful man in the whole wide world

I wonder what your true beliefs really are

You always believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself

This rain of atomic bombs will increase manyfold in fury

Live like a mighty river

What a hell of a bore to have to think of it even

The differences are really negligible, apart from so far not falling over and breaking my leg

The very time I thought I was lost, my dungeon shook and my chains fell off

I don’t think lady-footballers will ever be able to ‘shoot’ goals

So perfect is my love for you that I am, as it were, still, silent to my very soul

Others believe a poet ought to go to the Moon

If I ever get to be 91, I hope I’ll be as mean as you are

I suppose a skonk had been there or else a hen In the shape of a skonk

I shall always be near you

Let’s see them work out that lot

I can be patient no longer

Thou shalt dwell in houses thou hast not builded

Don’t try to make yourself into somebody perfect

You Babylonian scullion

If you cut his side burns off we will just die!

Just a static present, surrounded by a wall of anxiety


One must work and riot and throw oneself into the whirl

I feel obliged to offer my services in the continuing struggle against the cursed Death Eaters

Your work is an insult to your intelligence

You’re the object of my desire, the #1 Earthly reason for my existence

Do you take us for a gang of brainless lizards?


I think your work is quite incredible

You are an inspiration

No dream can do justice to you

How did you get invented?

Dear Miss Absolutely Amazing Thing

Nothing else matters

Women do not do any of the creative work

You are the unexploded bomb to me

The moths who had sampled your loin wares found that they could not digest them

Thank you for the unexpected and unsolicited submission of your p*** portrait for our consideration

Man remains the cruelest of all animals

Of all the bête, clumsy, blundering, boggling, baboon-blooded stuff I ever saw on a human stage...

What great births you have witnessed!

You were a brilliant light for me in a sometimes dark childhood

It’s a masterpiece

Even my bones seem to cry for you

Write to me when you get this, or before you do, only write and tell me all there is to tell me

Please don’t let anyone Americanise it!

Every writer has his own voice

History has taught you nothing if you think you can kill ideas

I am clearly suspect and not believable

I am afraid I’m much too important to write notes to people like you

I wonder if you could do a drawing for me of an explosive slab of chocolate

Cruella is magnificent

Fashions in fear change, but do people?

You must let me cry my cry for him


King Sequoia! Behold! Behold!

He is not a forgiving cat

We left the camp singing

No son of mine is going to write stories LIKE THAT and live in MY HOUSE!

Thank you for your letter. I shall try to do better.

One means of sanity is to retain a hold on the natural world

It will be sunny one day

The crabs of the world seem to fly to me

Don't shake my tree

I was intoxicated as to pass all bounds

Diversity guarantees our cultural survival

I am a lousy copywriter, but I am a good editor

What did you bring that book that I don’t want to be read to out of up for?

Like a tree in full bearing struck at the root

You will notice that a time-travel option is not included on this model

Arkell v. Pressdram

I would like to be paid like a plumber

I love her more than anything in the world & always have

How dare you

These children had no homes—and nothing to eat. The cruel Nazis had bombed their cities.

Always believe you can change the world

I shall miss you with passion and wild regret


She doesn't answer the phone

How clever and capricious you are, cloaking yourself in anonymity

Do scientists pray?

What a world

All I ask of our brethren is that they will take their feet from off our necks

Your eager mother

Letters Live at the Royal Albert Hall

I decline to sit in a hot room and eat dead animals, even with you to amuse me.

You’d better send me a letter. I don’t faint from letters.

I always believed in my heart that we had a great deal in common

In many ways we feel your pain

For the sake of humanity

I was knighted this morning...

Very untruly yours

When Death Comes

Oh, God, how it hurts to write this

Most of your life will happen in the gray spaces between bliss and heartbreak

Five accidents in two minutes

'Literature cannot be the business of a woman’s life, and it ought not to be'

Brown is as pretty as white or prettier

'He was a force for evil in the world'

A literary charlatan of the extremest order

'I love you, I want you, I need you unbearably.'

You know who Nina is, don’t you?

To My Old Master

My heart bursts with pain

Always buzzing, humming, soaring roaring diving, and then buried in mud.

Her Majesty's Drop Scones

Nothing fruitful or sincere could ever emerge from association between us

Only unselfishly can you enjoy life to the fullest

To: My Widow

Make your own unique messes

'I saw a romantic structure wrought by human brains & hands that is to the burning eye of the sun a rival luminary'

A gross failure of responsibility

'There is no telling where I may apply, if you turn me down'

I hope one day to get to America

My name is Sidney Poitier

A string of unfortunate events

Sorrow passes and we remain