Quotes by Peter Ustinov

  • People who reach the top of the tree are only those who have not got the qualifications to detain them at the bottom.


    Success

  • Her virtue was that she said what she thought; her vice that what she thought didn’t amount to much.


    Women

  • I sometimes wished he would realise that he was poor, instead of being that most nerve racking of phenomena, a rich man without money.


    Money, Richness

  • Pavarotti is not vain, but conscious of being unique.


    Vanity

  • I think that first nights should come near the end of a play’s run – as indeed they often do.


    Theatre

  • I contemplate retirement every evening and forget about it in the morning.


    Retirement

  • Why did the Catholics invent the confessional? What is that but a phone box?


    Religion

  • Why did I not become a politician? Because I could not stand the strain of having to be right all the time.


    Politicians

  • This is a free country madam. We have a right to share your privacy in a public place.


    Privacy

  • Friends are not necessarily the people you like best; they are merely the people who get there first.


    Friend

  • I do not believe that friends are the people you like best; they are merely the people who got there first.


    Friend

  • If Botticelli were alive today he’d be working for Vogue.


    Fashion

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


    Experts

  • A diplomat these days is nothing but a head waiter who’s allowed to sir down occasionally.


    Diplomacy

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


    Critics

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


    Character

  • Toronto is a kind of New York operated by the Swiss.


    Canada