October 27, 1939
He who laughs most, learns best.
The most creative people have this childlike facility to play.
I can never do better than Fawlty Towers whatever I do. Now I very much want to teach young talent some rules of the game.
If I can get you to laugh with me, you like me better, which makes you more open to my ideas. And if I can persuade you to laugh at the particular point I make, by laughing at it you acknowledge its truth.
Now most people do not want an ordinary life in which they do a job well, earn the respect of their collaborators and competitors, bring up a family and have friends. That's not enough any more, and I think that is absolutely tragic - and I'm not exaggerating - that people feel like a decent, ordinary, fun life is no longer enough.