Hugh Leonard

Hugh Leonard
Hugh Leonard
  • Born: November 9, 1926
  • Died: February 12, 2009
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Profession: Dramatist









Hugh Leonard was an Irish dramatist, television writer and essayist. In a career that spanned 50 years, Leonard wrote nearly 30 full-length plays, 10 one-act plays, three volumes of essays, two autobiographies, three novels and numerous screenplays and teleplays, as well as writing a regular newspaper column.

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A thing well done is worth doing.
Arnold Bennett was a writer I admired. He was actually taking notes at his father's deathbed.
As somebody once said, we're not punished for our sins, we're punished by them.
Gossip is more popular than literature.
I came down to the living room one day and my wife was standing in the living room. It wasn't an illusion. I saw her out of the corner of my eye. The moment I saw her, she vanished.
I don't think anyone is the perfect one to play me.
I feel like the writer observing the grief, but it is difficult to be detached from it.
I think with every writer there are two people there.
I went through life like an idiot for a great deal of the time, saying there's nothing I would change. That was a very arrogant thing to say. There's a lot I would change. There are people I would have steered clear of. Life ;Time
I'm a much nicer person since my wife died. I found out what pain is, so on that level I'm much nicer.
I'm a writer, and what I do is write. I wasn't able to do anything else.
It's a natural thing for people to say, you know, Who's in this book? I find myself get ting a little defensive. People come along and I'm waiting for that first question.
I've always believed in survival.
I've always enjoyed a woman's company more than men's. They're usually better looking.
My father I liked, but it was only after his death that I got to know him by writing the play. Death
My life is every moment of my life. It is not a culmination of the past. Life
My mother was passionate. She was stubborn, the dominant one in the family. She dominated my father. Families, Children & Parenting
The problem with Ireland is that it's a country full of genius, but with absolutely no talent.
We are all the foolishness and all the crimes we did. We're also all the kindnesses we did. I hate to think of life as if we understood time. We don't understand time. Life ;Time
We were married for almost 45 years. We fought all the time, it wasn't a great love or anything, it wasn't a great, all-consuming passion. She was just there. A lot of people were startled because we didn't seem devoted but we were. Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex

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