- There are some circles in America where it seems to be more socially acceptable to carry a hand-gun than a packet of cigarettes.
- The Observer (London, Oct. 30, 1988)
- Any committee that is the slightest use is composed of people who are too busy to want to sit on it for a second longer than they have to.
- Are You Sitting Comfortably?, from Observations (1970)
- I wouldn't say when you've seen one Western you've seen the lot; but when you've seen the lot you get the feeling you've seen one.
- Decoding the West, from Sunday Best (1976)
- People get a bad impression of it by continually trying to treat it as if it was a bank clerk, who ought to be on time on Tuesday next, instead of philosophically seeing it as a painter, who may do anything so long as you don't try to predict what.
- Of the English climate, from The Observer (London, Aug. 7, 1966)