Quotation by Christopher Hampton

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.
Christopher Hampton (b. 1946), British playwright. Merteuil, in Dangerous Liaisons (screenplay) (1989).
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