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  1. Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.


  2. The structure of a play is always the story of how the birds came home to roost.


  3. The theater is so endlessly fascinating because it's so accidental. It's so much like life.


  4. The apple cannot be stuck back on the Tree of Knowledge; once we begin to see, we are doomed and challenged to seek the strength to see more, not less.




  5. A good newspaper is a nation talking to itself.


  6. I love her too, but our neuroses just don't match.


  7. What is the most innocent place in any country? Is it not the insane asylum? These people drift through life truly innocent, unable to see into themselves at all.


  8. That is a very good question. I don't know the answer. But can you tell me the name of a classical Greek shoemaker?


  9. He wants to live on through something-and in his case, his masterpiece is his son. all of us want that, and it gets more poignant as we get more anonymous in this world.


  10. If I have any justification for having lived it's simply, I'm nothing but faults, failures and so on, but I have tried to make a good pair of shoes. There's some value in that.


  11. All we are is a lot of talking nitrogen.


  12. Without alienation, there can be no politics.


  13. He's not the finest character that ever lived. But he's a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid.


  14. Can anyone remember love? It's like trying to summon up the smell of roses in a cellar. You might see a rose, but never the perfume.


  15. The problem was to sustain at any cost the feeling you had in the theater that you were watching a real person, yes, but an intense condensation of his experience, not simply a realistic series of episodes.


  16. In the theater, while you recognized that you were looking at a house, it was a house in quotation marks. On screen, the quotation marks tend to be blotted out by the camera.


  17. By whatever means it is accomplished, the prime business of a play is to arouse the passions of its audience so that by the route of passion may be opened up new relationships between a man and men, and between men and Man. Drama is akin to the other inventions of man in that it ought to help us to know more, and not merely to spend our feelings.


  18. Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you. And you know I can do it; I saw Indians smash my dear parents' heads on the pillow next to mine, and I have seen some reddish work done at night, and I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down! - Abigail


  19. If I see an ending, I can work backward.


  20. I know that my works are a credit to this nation and I dare say they will endure longer than the McCarran Act.


  21. Nobody dast blame this man. For a salesman, there is no rock bottom to the life. He don't put a bolt to a nut, he don't tell you the law or give you medicine. He's a man way out there in the blue, riding on a smile and a shoeshine. And when they start not smiling back -- that's an earthquake. And then you get yourself a couple of spots on your hat, and you're finished. Nobody dast blame this man. A salesman is got to dream, boy. It comes with the territory.


  22. You cannot catch a child's spirit by running after it; you must stand still and for love it will soon itself return.


  23. I'm the end of the line; absurd and appalling as it may seem, serious New York theater has died in my lifetime.


  24. You specialize in something until one day you find it is specializing in you.


  25. Certainly the most diverse, if minor, pastime of literary life is the game of Find the Author.


  26. The job is to ask questions-it always was-and to ask them as inexorably as I can. And to face the absence of precise answers with a certain humility.


  27. Look, we're all the same; a man is a fourteen-room house --in the bedroom he's asleep with his intelligent wife, in the living-room he's rolling around with some bareass girl, in the library he's paying his taxes, in the yard he's raising tomatoes, and in the cellar he's making a bomb to blow it all up.


  28. The number of elements that have to go into a hit would break a computer down. the right season for that play, the right historical moment, the right tonality.


  29. A child's spirit is like a child, you can never catch it by running after it; you must stand still, and, for love, it will soon itself come back.

    • catch

  30. My conception of the audience is of a public each member of which is carrying about with him what he thinks is an anxiety, or a hope, or a preoccupation which is his alone and isolates him from mankind; and in this respect at least the function of a play is to reveal him to himself so that he may touch others by virtue of the revelation of his mutuality with them. If only for this reason I regard the theater as a serious business, one that makes or should make man more human, which is to say, less alone.


  31. I have made more friends for American culture than the State Department. Certainly I have made fewer enemies, but that isn't very difficult.


  32. A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.


  33. Where choice begins, Paradise ends, innocence ends, for what is Paradise but the absence of any need to choose this action?

    • absence

  34. Well, all the plays that I was trying to write were plays that would grab an audience by the throat and not release them, rather than presenting an emotion which you could observe and walk away from.


  35. Glamour, that trans-human aura or power to attract imitation, is a kind of vessel into which dreams are poured, and some vessels are simply worthier than others... A beautiful woman can turn heads but real glamour has a deeper pull... Glamour is the power to rearrange people's emotions, which, in effect, is the power to control one's environment.


  36. A playwright is the litmus paper of the arts. He's got to be, because if he isn't working on the same wave length as the audience, no one would know what in hell he was talking about. He is a kind of psychic journalist, even when he's great.

    • theater

  37. I think now that the great thing is not so much the formulation of an answer for myself, for the theater, or the play-but rather the most accurate possible statement of the problem.


  38. A small man can be just as exhausted as a great man.

    • men

  39. A playwright lives in an occupied country. And if you can't live that way you don't stay.


  40. The closer a man approaches tragedy the more intense is his concentration of emotion upon the fixed point of his commitment, which is to say the closer he approaches what in life we call fanaticism.



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