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Caryl Churchill

  • How could I go on my travels without that sweet soul waiting at home for my letters?

  • I was seized again with a desperate longing for the absolute.

  • The more you don't do it, the more it's fun to read about.

  • On the floor of life the commodity is money. / You can buy and sell money, you can buy and sell absence of money, debt, which used to strike me as funny. / For some it's hedging, for most it's speculation. / In New York they've just introduced a futures contract in inflation. / (Pity it's not Bolivian inflation, which hit forty thousand per cent.)

  • ... England that little gray island in the clouds where governments don't fall overnight and children don't sell themselves in the street and my money is safe.

  • One thing one learned from one's colonial masters. / One makes money from other people's disasters.

  • I'd begun to think you were a bit like God — / You make things happen but you don't exist.

  • So think a billion, that's a thousand million, and have you ever tried / To think a trillion? Think a trillion dollars a day. / That's the gross national product of the USA. / There's people who say the American eagle is more like a vulture. / I say don't piss on your own culture. / Naturally there's a whole lot of greed and / That's no problem because money buys freedom.

Caryl Churchill, English playwright

(1938)