When talking about unicorns, minotaurs, or compassionate conservatives, one does not normally have to prove their non-existence; the mere lack of any evidence is sufficient reason not to believe in any of them.— Peter Stone
The most undeniable Peter Stone quotes that are free to learn and impress others
Disease, a simple famine, plagues of locusts everywhere, or a cataclysmic earthquake, I'd accept with some despair, but no, you sent us Congress! Good God, Sir, was that fair?
At early previews, the theater gossips are there, wishing you ill every night.
They don't grant you any slack. Agents are in from Hollywood. Your friends are there. People who are going to spread the word-of-mouth. If something doesn't work, everyone will know.
I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is called a disgrace, that two are called a law firm, and that three or more become a congress.
There are some actresses who cannot function on the set without having a close relationship with their directors. Their way of communicating with the director is through intimacy. It doesn't necessarily have to do with any physical act; it has more to do with achieving a closeness that they find very valuable.
Musicals are written and then rewritten.
Those things used to happen on the road. Now they are done in New York during preview performances.
It seems to me that everybody who's a success has made a decision to put themselves in a situation that eats away at their privacy. Their hours just don't end. Now, with actors it's extreme, because their privacy is almost nonexistent.
Belonging to the Dramatists Guild Council where, with my fellow dramatists, I can directly affect (and protect) the professional lives of all American Playwrights has always made me feel that I am returning as much to the theatre as I withdraw. Because only playwrights can ensure the well-being of playwrights. No one else will do it for us.
The rehearsal period is so far away from the time when the scene will actually be shot that very little is remembered.
There are two kinds of actors: those with one job too few, who have to take every one that comes along, and those with one job too many, who can always turn down the one they don't want.
This is a revolution, damnit! We're going to have to offend somebody!
The relationship between an actress and her director is often a very close one.
For writers that rehearsal period is death. It is the most destructive thing of all to a script.
You listen to the audience. The audience is wrong individually and always right collectively. If they don't laugh, it isn't funny. If they cough, it isn't interesting. If they walk out, you are in trouble.
Hollywood is a cottage industry involving a very small number of people, and around the edges are enormous numbers of people trying to get into it and work.