Arena: Screen Goddesses TV - Rona Goffen - John Ruskin - Louisa May Alcott - Eric Cantona - Jack Nicklaus - Leo Tolstoy - Gladstone & Disraeli: Clash of the Titans TV -
Bette Davis & Joan Crawford were said to be screen rivals – their currency was power and willpower. Bette Davis was a supreme technician of screen acting. Arena: Screen Goddesses ***** BBC 2012
There was terrible rivalry between Leonardo and Michelangelo. Professor Rona Goffen
Nothing is ever done beautifully which is done in rivalship. John Ruskin
Rivalry adds so much to the charms of one’s conquests. Louisa May Alcott
As long as a rivalry remains within the spirit of competition, it can only spur everyone on. Eric Cantona
Well, the biggest rival I had in my career was me. Jack Nicklaus
There are people who, on meeting a successful rival, no matter in what, are at once disposed to turn their backs on everything good in him, and to see only what is bad. There are people, on the other hand, who desire above all to find in that lucky rival the qualities by which he has outstripped them, and seek with a throbbing ache at heart only what is good. Levin belonged to the second class. Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
Two battling opponents: the fiercest political rivals Britain has ever seen. There’s the man who virtually invented the Liberal party, William Gladstone, and close by the founder of modern Conservatism, Benjamin Disraeli. Gladstone & Disraeli: Clash of the Titans, Huw Edwards reporting, BBC 2012
Gladstone and Disraeli dominated political life in the Victorian age and became inseparable in the public mind. ibid.
Beneath its cloak of global eminence the country was a mess. Bedevilled by poverty and disease and riddled with discontent. ibid.
Right from the start significantly they did not hit it off. ibid.
In the end Peel did get his way over the corn laws but Disraeli’s campaign against him had weakened his authority so much that he resigned. ibid.
Gladstone’s attack on Disraeli’s first budget marks a turning point in their relationship. Their private feud was about to go public in a big way. ibid.
Hemmed in by Gladstone, Disraeli was prime minister in name only. Hugely frustrated by this he called a general election. ibid.
The Tories needed to get serious about social reform … Hard-headed political calculation was the main factor involved. ibid.
Their forty-year drama wasn’t over yet. ibid.