Christopher Hampton

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Christopher Hampton (born January 26, 1946) is an Academy Award winning British playwright, screen writer and film director. He is best known for his play based on the novel Les Liaisons dangereuses and the film Dangerous Liaisons.


Dangerous Liaisons (1989)

  • To seduce a woman famous for strict morals, religious fervour and the happiness of her marriage: what could possibly be more prestigious?
    • Valmont
  • I became a virtuoso of deceit. It wasn't pleasure I was after, it was knowledge. I consulted the strictest moralists to learn how to appear, philosophers to find out what to think and novelists to see what I could get away with. And, in the end, I distilled everything down to one wonderfully simple principle: win or die.
    • Merteuil
  • I think there's something degrading about having a husband for a rival. It's humiliating if you fail and commonplace if you succeed.
    • Merteuil


  • Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.
    • Sunday Times Magazine (London, Oct. 16, 1977)
  • 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, sc. 6.

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