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  1. My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate.

  2. Hope, like faith, is nothing if it is not courageous; it is nothing if it is not ridiculous.

  3. But there comes a moment in everybody's life when he must decide whether he'll live among the human beings or not - a fool among fools or a fool alone.

  4. We do not choose the day of our birth nor may we choose the day of our death, yet choice is the sovereign faculty of the mind.

  5. There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.

  6. We live in what is, but we find 1,000 ways not to face it. Great theatre strengthens our faculty to face it.

  7. Love is an energy which exists of itself. It is its own value.

  8. Where there is an unknowable, there is a promise.

  9. The best thing about animals is they don't talk much.

  10. Many plays, certainly mine, are like blank cheques. The actors and directors put their own signatures on them.

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  11. Literature is the orchestration of platitudes.

  12. I rose by sheer military ability to the rank of corporal.

  13. The future author is one who discovers that language, the exploration and manipulation of the resources of language, will serve him in winning through to his way.

  14. For what human ill does dawn not seem to be alternative?

  15. Never support two weaknesses at the same time. It's your combination sinners -- your lecherous liars and your miserly drunkards -- who dishonor the vices and bring them into bad repute.

  16. The best part of married life is the fights. The rests is merely so.

  17. Man is not an end but a beginning. We are at the beginning of the second week. We are children of the eighth day.

  18. I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.

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  19. The test of an adventure is that when you're in the middle of it, you say to yourself, 'Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home.' And the sign that something's wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure.

  20. It's when you're safe at home that you wish you were having an adventure. When you're having an adventure you wish you were safe at home.

  21. I would love to be the poet laureate of Coney Island.

  22. A dramatist is one who believes that the pure event, an action involving human beings, is more arresting than any comment that can be made upon it.

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  23. I know that every good and excellent thing in the world stands moment by moment on the razor-edge of danger and must be fought for...

  24. A play visibly represents pure existing.

  25. Many plays - certainly mine - are like blank checks. The actors and directors put their own signatures on them.

  26. Many great writers have been extraordinarily awkward in daily exchange, but the greatest give the impression that their style was nursed by the closest attention to colloquial speech.

  27. Marriage is a bribe to make the housekeeper think she's a householder.

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  28. The planting of trees in the least self-centered of all that we can do. It is a purer act of faith than the procreation of children.

  29. It is only in appearance that time is a river. It is rather a vast landscape and it is the eye of the beholder that moves.

  30. The comic spirit is given to us in order that we may analyze, weigh, and clarify things in us which nettle us, or which we are outgrowing, or trying to reshape.

  31. The best thing about animals is that they don't talk much.

  32. I know that every good and excellent thing in the world stands moment by moment on the razor-edge of danger and must be fought for.

  33. Marriage is a bribe to make a housekeeper think she's a householder.

    • marriage

  34. I am convinced that, except in a few extraordinary cases, one form or another of an unhappy childhood is essential to the formation of exceptional gifts.

  35. Nature reserves the right to inflict upon her children the most terrifying jests.

    • children

  36. The theatre is supremely fitted to say: 'Behold! These things are.' Yet most dramatists employ it to say: 'This moral truth can be learned from beholding this action.'

  37. The theatre is supremely fitted to say: Behold! These things are. Yet most dramatists employ it to say: This moral truth can be learned from beholding this action.

    • theater

  38. The unencumbered stage encourages the truth operative in everyone. The less seen, the more heard. The eye is the enemy of the ear in real drama.

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  39. Many who have spent a lifetime in it can tell us less of love than the child that lost a dog yesterday.

  40. Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day.

  41. For what human ill does not dawn seem to be an alleviation?

  42. Those who are silent, self-effacing and attentive become the recipients of confidences.

  43. An incinerator is a writer's best friend.

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  44. Winning children (who appear so guileless) are children who have discovered how effective charm and modesty and a delicately calculated spontaneity are in winning what they want.

    • children

  45. When God loves a creature he wants the creature to know the highest happiness and the deepest misery He wants him to know all that being alive can bring. That is his best gift. There is no happiness save in understanding the whole.

  46. Every writer is necessarily a critic -- that is, each sentence is a skeleton accompanied by enormous activity of rejection; and each selection is governed by general principles concerning truth, force, beauty, and so on. The critic that is in every fabulist is like the iceberg -- nine-tenths of him is under water.

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    It seems to me that once if your life before you die you ought to see a country where they don't talk in English and don't even want to.

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