Literary Birthday – 5 June – David Hare

Happy Birthday, David Hare, born 5 June 1947.


  1. No one but a fool is always right.
  2. The act of writing is the act of discovering what you believe.
  3. If you like judging, please: be a lawyer. Run a dog show. There’s a whole lot of jobs if judging is your passion in life. But take my advice: if you want to be happy, keep your judging professional. And don’t start putting in practice at home.
  4. Thought is the wind and knowledge the sail.
  5. I never used to kill characters, because I thought killing characters was cheating.
  6. What politicians want and what creative writers want will always be profoundly different, because I’m afraid all politicians, of whatever hue, want propaganda, and writers want the truth, and they’re not compatible.
  7. Poetry is the key to the hieroglyphics of nature.

Read: David Hare’s 10 Rules for Writers

David Hare is an English playwright, screenwriter and theatre and film director. He received Academy Award nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Hours in 2002, based on the novel written by Michael Cunningham, and The Reader in 2008, based on the novel written by Bernhard Schlink. His plays include SkylightStuff Happens, and The Blue Room.

Source for image Peter Burnett, CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication, via Wikimedia Commons

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 5th June 2018