All women need makeup. Don't let anybody tell you different. The only woman who was pretty enough to go without makeup was Elizabeth Taylor and she wore a ton.— Tracy Letts
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My last refuge, my books: simple pleasures, like finding wild onions by the side of a road, or requited love.
Divorce is an embarrassing public admission of defeat.
The window shades have all been removed. Nighttime is now free to encroach.
After the success of 'August,' there were people saying I should change my life.
And maybe I should have bought a yacht and traveled the world instead of returning to Steppenwolf to act in and write plays. But I'm from the Midwest, and that's what we do: We go back to work.
I don't know what it says about me that I have a greater affinity with the damaged. Probably nothing good.
You get to know a character that you play on-stage in a pretty profound way over a length of time. I don't want to sound highfalutin and say you become the character, you just start bringing more and more of yourself to the part until the character and actor, it's hard to tell them apart. It's some weird amalgam. In film, because of the period of time, I don't know that you ever get that deep into it.
Sometimes my family thinks I've made my childhood a bit more Dickensian than it was, and it probably wasn't all that bad. But I was uncomfortable as a kid.
What they frequently want to do with a movie is, they want to cut out the valleys and just show the peaks. And valleys are important; the valleys make the peaks stand out.
If you feel like you're in control of everything, and then things aren't going well, you feel like you're failing.
Women are beautiful when they're young, and not after.
Men can still preserve their sex appeal well into old age.... Some men can maintain, if they embrace it ... cragginess, weary masculinity. Women just get old and fat and wrinkly.
I said to my wife just the other day, I was actually taking some time to consider all the blessings in my life and that things are really good. I said, you would have to be a real churl to complain about the life I'm living right now. Everything's going great. I'm having a good time.
I don't think I'd give advice. That never pays off. That's always a bad idea. If they follow your advice and it doesn't work out, or if they don't follow your advice, somehow you're on the hook for it.
A certain giving up of control is good for the soul.
I like Shakespeare, but I never know what the hell is going on.
I'm aware that a film is different than a play, and that a film isn't going to be the filmed record of the play. It's its own separate entity, and I've come to peace with that.
If you're not entertaining, what the hell's the point?
Listen to me: die after me, all right? I don't care what else you do, where you go, how you screw up your life, just... survive. Outlive me, please.
Time wounds all heals.
I'm kind of perverse in that I think pessimism is helpful.
My pessimism is my own kind of patriotism. My dissent.
Thank God we can't tell the future. We'd never get out of bed.
We're all just people, some of us accidentally connected by genetics, a random selection of cells. Nothing more.
I never know what the hell I'm writing about, I never know what the next thing I'm writing about is, I never have a plan.
In theater, the playwright is the boss, period.
The decisions will go through him or her. In movies, the writer is pretty far down on the list.