For me, a play is a form of writing which isn't complete until it is interpreted by actors. But it's still a form of writing. And so most of my time is spent thinking about how to write a sentence.

— Wallace Shawn

The most cheerful Wallace Shawn quotes that will transform you to a better person

In an amusement park, you can go on a roller coaster that carries you up and down, or you can go on another kind of ride that whirls you around in a circle. Similarly, there are different sorts of entertaining experiences in the theater.

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Sleep: a poor substitute for caffeine!

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I have been vain since birth.

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I spend most of my time thinking about things like laundry and buying stationery supplies.

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I have been vain since birth. I expected other people to like what I did, although my vanity has definitely diminished over the years.

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When I was a child, I did always feel that people were hiding things, and that they weren't expressing their true feelings. When adults are too complicated, and cover their emotions with layers of well-intentioned subterfuge, the child isn't seeing reality clearly enough and gets upset.

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I see myself as a citizen of the planet.

Even as a child, I always found it mindless to root for your own team. I was puzzled by the fact that people said their own team was better than other teams simply because it was theirs.

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We're in an emergency situation. The United States has become an absolutely terrifying country, and I would hope that I could participate in some way in stopping the horror and the brutality.

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I probably have a higher opinion of my writing than the average person, at least when I'm in a good mood, but I don't really think of my plays as only being relevant to a particular month or year.

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Acting is an escape from the boring person that I am in real life.

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I sincerely believe that if Bush and Cheney recognized the full humanity of other people's mothers around the world, they wouldn't commit the crimes they commit.

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I don't see that many plays, and for me, musicals are rarely pleasing.

I feel the actors are being put through a kind of nightmarish labor. They're like animals being forced to pull heavy carts of vegetables at incredible speeds.

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About Wallace Shawn

Quotes 71 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Actor
Birthday October 16

There's nothing regular about my life at all, really.

I don't keep a regular schedule and every day is different. It's all rather chaotic.

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I don't have a television, and I'm just not too up on television.

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I was clever enough to know that John Donne was offering something that was awfully enjoyable. I just wasn't clever enough to actually enjoy it.

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Interestingly, the actress who, in her own persona, may be gentle, shy, and socially awkward, someone whose hand trembles when pouring a cup of tea for a visiting friend, can convincingly portray an elegant, cruel aristocrat tossing off malicious epigrams in an eighteenth-century chocolate house.

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We are not what we seem. We are more than what we seem. The actor knows that. And because the actor knows that hidden inside himself there's a wizard and a king, he also knows that when he's playing himself in his daily life, he's playing a part, he's performing, just as he's performing when he plays a part on stage.

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I have an enormous appetite to see life as I know it presented in front of my eyes.

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I am recognized a lot for Clueless, but I am recognized a great deal for The Princess Bride. I dont know... maybe everybody who has seen that movie just goes out on the street.

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I think I'm trying to write truthfully about life, and naturalism, or the way people normally talk in movies, is a convention. It's not the way people talk in life at all.

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I'm being mocked because I don't live up to a socially determined view of what other people think a person should look like.

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Acting is trying to be absolutely truthful;

to get audiences to believe that you are a dean, when, actually, not only are you not the dean, but if you walked into the building they'd probably throw you out. That's very hard.

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My plays have been strange from the beginning, and they never got unstrange.

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My style as a human being is to indulge people who need to escape, yet I insist on confronting them as a playwright. It's quite embarrassing, it's quite unpleasant, it's quite awkward.

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Patriotism is considered to be an emotion a person ought to feel.

But why? Why is it nobler to love your own country than to love someone else's?

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The actor's role in the community is quite unlike anyone else's.

Businessmen, for example, don't take their clothes off or cry in front of strangers in the course of their work. Actors do.

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For some reason, people find me funny.

It's quite hard to define why a thought is funny. It's even harder to define why a person would be funny. It's a word that I can't define at all. But whether I know quite what it is or not, I seem to be it.

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I love going to plays. There's a subconscious side to it, obviously-some people like to be spanked for XYZ psychological reasons, and I like to go to plays, and I can't entirely explain why.

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I do things, and other people laugh at them.

I rarely know what the joke is supposed to be or why they're laughing.

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"The Fever" is a one-person play. I decided I would perform it myself, and I decided I would not perform it in theaters, because the character in the play says certain things that I meant.

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I don't have an idea for a play until after I've finished writing it.

I write first, and come up with what it's about later. My technique could be compared to having a large canvas and coming in every day and putting a dot on it somewhere, and after several years - literally - I begin to say, That reminds me of an elephant, so I think I'll make it one.

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After being in one movie, it didn't seem like that would be my life.

I had done several jobs, briefly. I'd been a shipping clerk, I worked in a copy shop, I didn't think the acting was going to go on and on.

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I never grew up thinking, 'One day I will play so and so' because I wasn't expecting to be an actor at all.

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I started writing plays in around 1967, and at a certain point, I thought, 'I'm writing plays, I should learn about acting and what it is.' So I went to the HB Studio in New York, and I was there for about nine months.

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When I was first exposed to the films of Ingmar Bergman, I found them frank and disturbing portraits of the world we live in, but that was not something that displeased me. They were beautiful. I thought people would respond to my plays the way I responded to Bergman's films.

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The life of an actor can be very enviable.

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But because we've all been readers, we know what the experience is like, and we hope that what certain writers have given to us, we will give to someone.

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I'm a very lucky man. It's a beautiful thing for a writer, to see people allowing your words to enter their own unconscious and their souls.

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In terms of number of movies, I've been in an extraordinary amount.

If you count only the minutes I'm onscreen, it's not so long.

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A play presents a self-enclosed little world for the audience to examine.

It's an opportunity to look objectively at a group of people, to assess them, to react to them, and to measure oneself against them, to ask 'Am I like that?'

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I choose parts because I don't want to be embarrassed when the movie comes out.

What if my friends were to see the movie? What if my niece or nephew wandered into the theater and saw the movie? I don't want to be too ashamed of it.

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I don't happen to have a sense of humor personally, so I don't know what's funny about a character... This happens to be a feature of my life generally.

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From being a writer of plays, it was not that surprising that somebody thought of giving me a job as an actor. After I played one part, others came along.

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When I was first starting to write plays, I quite literally had never heard of the idea of studying playwriting. I wouldn't have studied it even if I had heard of it.

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My father was a jazz listener, and I think, at least before I was 5, I was not so into that. Although there were records that emphasized percussion that I liked, like Baby Dodds.

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Children, I always think, are just putting on a performance of being naive and not understanding anything. I have worked with children in films, and they're treated as adults and they just drop the pretense of being children.

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I grew up in a very polite family, and I suppose my parents were both very polite, and from the time I was a young boy, I suspected that there were passions seething underneath and not being mentioned, and that was something that came to preoccupy me. Somehow I had some drive to write down what people might really be thinking.

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Even with my wife, I find sharing soup is hard.

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You're always fighting the contradiction between the supposed intimacy of a two-person conversation and the blunt reality that you're trying to sell the play to people who are sitting maybe too far away from you.

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