Christopher Hampton

British playwright, screenwriter and film director

Christopher Hampton, CBE, FRSL (born January 26, 1946) is an Academy Award-winning British playwright, screenwriter and film director. He is best known for his play, Les liaisons dangereuses, and his screenplay, Dangerous Liaisons, both based on the novel Les Liaisons dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos.

Christopher Hampton


  • I always divide people into two groups. Those who live by what they know to be a lie, and those who live by what they believe, falsely, to be the truth.
    • Don, in The Philanthropist (1969), scene 6
  • Masturbation is the thinking man's television.
    • Jonathan, in The Philanthropist (1969)
  • Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.
    • Sunday Times Magazine (London, October 16, 1977)
  • Brecht always liked people to be aware that they were in a theatre. I said to him more than once, but Brecht, what makes you think they think they're anywhere else?
    • Horváth in Tales from Hollywood (1983), scene 8

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