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1. "Pantomime is a big thing in the cultural calendar of my country, you know. So subtlety's not my forte."
Author: Alan Cumming
2. "Men, too, secrete the inhuman. At certain moments of lucidity, the mechanical aspect of their gestures, their meaningless pantomime makes silly everything that surrounds them. A man is talking on the telephone behind a glass partition; you cannot hear him, but you see his incomprehensible dumb show: you wonder why he is alive. This discomfort in the face of man's own inhumanity, this incalculable tumble before the image of what we are, this "nausea," as a writer of today calls it, is also the absurd."
Author: Albert Camus
3. "So the fact tht anyone would ever suggest that Arab women are dominated and demeaned is really quite ludicrous. In this part of the world, She's just Not That Into Him. We're the ones who make a pantomime of the wedding, and play at happily ever after....The men might think they have the upper hand, they may believe they've nabbed themselves a prime piece of arm candy, but we've got his 'potential as a provider' wrapped around our little fingers. Oh yes, we're the smart ones."
Author: Amy Mowafi
4. "Ghosts... they are the completions of the deads intended gestures, there unfinished plans still hanging in the air - something like when you forgot one thing and so you pantomime the motion."
Author: Anne Tyler
5. "We watched each other evolve into parents, with all the fear, rage and confusion evolution can involve. Our eight-year-old is the incarnation of our union; we are forever fused by her blood. My old take on romance seemed vaguely ludicrous, as affected as a pair of spats. I no longer saw the point in 'getting back to normal', that pantomime of pretending nothing had changed; I wanted to evolve from sexual posturing into a deeper consciousness, that of love."
Author: Antonella Gambotto Burke
6. "Because of my language and the pantomime with which most Europeans accompany their speech, I was catalogued as a heavy."
Author: Bela Lugosi
7. "We were raised right in the heart of the Bogside. Everything was so bad at the time that Mammy would bring us to the pantomime, circus, concerts because we were so confined at home."
Author: Bronagh Gallagher
8. "Und erzählen tat er, denn in seinen Adern floss der Wein des Berichtens, und der Himmel hatte gewollt, dass es seine Gewohnheit war, die Dinge der Welt zuerst sich selbst darzulegen, um sie zu verstehen, und danach den anderen kundzutun, in die Musik und das Licht der Literatur gekleidet, denn er erahnte, dass das Leben, wenn schon kein Traum, so doch zumindest eine Pantomime war, wo die grausame Ungereimtheit der Geschichte immer hinter den Kulissen floss, und zwischen Himmel und Erde gab es keine größere und wirksamere Rache, als die Schönheit und den Geist mit der Macht des Wortes zu meißeln, um hinter der Sinnlosigkeit der Dinge den Sinn zu finden."
Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafón
9. "Relate comic things in pompous fashion. Irregularity, in other words the unexpected, the surprising, the astonishing, are essential to and characteristic of beauty. Two fundamental literary qualities: supernaturalism and irony. The blend of the grotesque and the tragic are attractive to the mind, as is discord to blasé ears. Imagine a canvas for a lyrical, magical farce, for a pantomime, and translate it into a serious novel. Drown the whole thing in an abnormal, dreamy atmosphere, in the atmosphere of great days … the region of pure poetry."
Author: Charles Baudelaire
10. "Earlier that day, a typewriter bomb had exploded at a black market skin house over on Eel Street, sending words raining through the cardboard walls of the boudoirs and tattooing copies of the Machinist's ‘Twelve Terms' on the bodies of whores and patrons alike. Forty pieces of merch ruined. Their bodies had been obliterated by language, all traces of their sexuality buried beneath a storm of words. There was something horrific about the sight of those who had survived a typewriter attack. Their faces scarred with text, as if they had become hostages to some awful advertisement. A few of the victims took to working the streets around the library where bibliophiles sometimes paid them to satisfy their fantasies amid the desolate hush of the reading rooms and the deserted stacks where the only witnesses to this erotic pantomime of the blank body and its printed partner were other words."
Author: Craig Padawer
11. "Because I used to go and watch him rehearsing for pantomime, and I have adopted some of those priciples, like try to be on time, learn your script, how he approach it, etc."
Author: Dennis Brown
12. "… En ook', ging hij verder: ‘ik had er behoefte aan om nog eens alleen te zijn met mezelf. Buiten dit tehuis ligt een wereld waarin je niets anders moet doen dan praten. Praten, praten, praten en nog eens praten. En luisteren of op z'n minst toch doen alsof, naar mensen die praten, praten, praten. En die kriskras door elkaar heen praten, praten, praten. Je hebt familiale en andere verplichtingen, wat vaak weer neerkomt op praten en luisteren, en ik had er gewoon geen zin meer in, in die hele sociale pantomime. Ik wou eindelijk stilte voor mezelf en alleen zijn met mijn gedachten. Hier kan ik dat min of meer. Het is de enige plaats waar wordt geaccepteerd dat ik volledig in mezelf ben gekeerd. Het was mijn laatste kans."
Author: Dimitri Verhulst
13. "And he could only follow the shadowy pantomime of their silhouettes"
Author: Edith Wharton
14. "So, Mr. Digence, home to visit the family?""That's right. My mother's folks are from Killarney.""Oh, really?""O'Reilly, actually. But what's a vowel between friends?""Very good. You should be on the stage.""It's funny you should mention that."The passport officer groaned. Ten more minutes and his shift would have been over. "I was being sarcastic, actually. . .""Because my friend, Mr. McGuire, and I are also doing a stint in the Christmas pantomime. It's Snow White. I'm Doc, and he's Dopey."The passport officer forced a smile. "Very good. Next."Mulch spoke for the entire line to hear. "Of course, Mr. McGuire there was born to play Dopey, if you catch my drift."Loafers lost it right there in the terminal. "You little freak!" he screamed. "I'll kill you! You'll be my next tattoo! You'll be my next tattoo!"Much tutted as Loafers disappeared beneath half a dozen security guards."Actors," he said. "Highly strung."
Author: Eoin Colfer
15. "And you may comfort yourself with the thought that you have been the caltrop under her satin shoe every step of the way. You misdirected the Romantic Facilitator she had hired, you turned up in her own house and reported her plans to her father and when she was on the brink of snatching the ransom you careered in from stage left dressed as a pantomime horse and threw everything into disorder. And then, just when she was probably working her way towards claiming a second ransom, you rescued her."
Author: Frances Hardinge
16. "I like actors that are good with pantomime and that can transmit a lot by their presence and attitude more than through their dialogue."
Author: Guillermo Del Toro
17. "The theatre is certainly a place for learning about the brevity of human glory: oh all those wonderful glittering absolutely vanished pantomimes."
Author: Iris Murdoch
18. "Jason Mashak's SALTY AS A LIP is grounded in a voice patiently bridging the "steeples and ‘scrapers" of an inquisitive mind. The poems are at once syllogistic, hard-edged, satirical, reflective, and finally as playful as love notes. The true joy of this book is that we are deliciously engaged in a "pantomime of pleasure" which the language and imagery generously evoke."
Author: James Ragan
19. "It takes more drawing to tell a story in pantomime."
Author: Jim Woodring
20. "I'm really passionate about pantomime because it is often the first introduction for a child to theatre, and if that child has a great experience at a pantomime they will continue to come year after year."
Author: John Barrowman
21. "Brown and Dilke walked with me and back from the Christmas pantomime. I had not a dispute but a disquisition, with Dilke on various subjects; several things dove-tailed in my mind, and at once it struck me what quality went to form a Man of Achievement, especially in Literature, and which Shakespeare possessed so enormously - I mean Negative Capability, that is, when a man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason - Coleridge, for instance, would let go by a fine isolated verisimilitude caught from the Penetralium of mystery, from being incapable of remaining content with half-knowledge. This pursued through volumes would perhaps take us no further than this, that with a great poet the sense of Beauty overcomes every other consideration, or rather obliterates all consideration."
Author: John Keats
22. "Here's the truth: People, even regular people, are never just any one person with one set of attributes. It's not that simple. We're all at the mercy of the limbic system, clouds of electricity drifting through the brain. Every man is broken into twenty-four-hour fractions, and then again within those twenty-four hours. It's a daily pantomime, one man yielding control to the next: a backstage crowded with old hacks clamoring for their turn in the spotlight. Every week, every day. The angry man hands the baton over to the sulking man, and in turn to the sex addict, the introvert, the conversationalist. Every man is a mob, a chain gang of idiots."
Author: Jonathan Nolan
23. "He was not quite sure how to phrase it, so he finally went with,haltingly, "I don't enjoy being at the center of attention."Her head tilted to the side, she regarded him for a long momentbefore saying, "No. You don't." And then: "You were always atree.""I beg your pardon?"Her eyes grew sentimental. "When we performed our awfulpantomimes as children. You were always a tree.""I never had to say anything.""And you always got to stand at the back."He felt himself smile, lopsided and true. "I rather liked being atree.""You were a very good tree." She smiled then, too—a radiant,wondrous thing. "The world needs more trees."
Author: Julia Quinn
24. "Come here." I stop like a thief in a pantomime. And then dive into the warmth next to her. "Snuggling" - surely the most pleasant thing in the world. Scrunching further and further into the mattress as we struggle closer and closer warmer and warmer nearer and nearer, our bodies like a letter fitting into an envelope, my legs over her legs, our hips sliding against each other, her arm tighter and tighter around my shoulders, my face nestled more and more firmly into her collarbone. It is bliss. The simplest and most primitive bliss. A childlike, sexual, friendly, animal bliss."
Author: Kate Millett
25. "I feel a lot more comfortable on stage in the theatre. It just reminds me of being a kid and doing pantomimes."
Author: Kelly Brook
26. "I have designed my style pantomimes as white ink drawings on black backgrounds, so that man's destiny appears as a thread lost in an endless labyrinth. I have tried to shed some gleams of light on the shadow of man startled by his anguish."
Author: Marcel Marceau
27. "How do we get a pantomime cow on set. Jeez, the rigours of satire."
Author: Mel Smith
28. "It's a pragmatist's business, comedy. Start off with good intentions and references to the Pompidou Centre and you end up with boiled sweets and a pantomime cow."
Author: Mel Smith
29. "AnchorIt took twenty horses to lug methrough the shipyardon the back of a cartlike a fifteen-and-a-half tonpantomime dame.My spitting image was weighedon the other side of the bow:two fat men in drag; we felt as though no-one could ever bring us down."
Author: Natalie Scott
30. "He tugged on an imaginary rope,somewhere on the level of his ear, and then jerked his neck to one side, tongue protruding, eyes bulging. As quick pantomimes went, it was disturbing. And then he let go of the rope and smiled his familiar grin.Would you like some potato salad?"
Author: Neil Gaiman
31. "You've got to admit it's a bit of a pantomime, though," said Crawly. "I mean, pointing out the Tree and saying ‘Don't Touch' in big letters. Not very subtle, is it? I mean, why not put it on top of a high mountain or a long way off? Makes you wonder what He's really planning."
Author: Neil Gaiman
32. "I think British audiences are accustomed to the 'boo' factor and pantomimes."
Author: Nigel Lythgoe
33. "After he killed the farmer's daughter, said the monster, the prince lay down next to her and returned to sleep. When he awoke, he acted out a pantomime should anyone be watching. But also, it may surprise you to learn, for himself. The monster's branches creaked. Sometimes people need to lie to themselves most of all."
Author: Patrick Ness
34. "MaturityA stationary sense . . . as, I suppose,I shall have, till my single body grows        Inaccurate, tired;Then I shall start to feel the backward pullTake over, sickening and masterful —         Some say, desired.And this must be the prime of life . . . I blink,As if at pain; for it is pain, to think        This pantomimeOf compensating act and counter-act,Defeat and counterfeit, makes up, in fact,        My ablest time."
Author: Philip Larkin
35. "Not nearly enough. Not recently, anyway." And she was sad about that."I know," he said, and kissed the back of her hand. "We'll fix it. Get some sleep.""Night," she said, and watched him walk toward the door. "Hey. How'd you get in?"He wiggled his fingers at her in a spooky oogie-boogie pantomime. "I'm a vampire. I have secret powers ," he said with a full-on fake Transylvanian accent, which he dropped to say, "Actually, your mom let me in.""Seriously? My mom? Let you in my room? In the middle of the night?"He shrugged. "Moms like me."He gave her a full-on Hollywood grin, and slipped out the door."
Author: Rachel Caine
36. "The most amusing thing about a pantomime horse is the necessity of having to shoot it twice."
Author: Steve Aylett
37. "So, through all that early professional career I would occasionally do a musical, a pantomime or a play with songs. The next stop would be a Shakespeare, or an Ibsen, or a play by a brand new writer who had never done anything in the theater before."
Author: Trevor Nunn

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