quote by Bertolt Brecht

Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it.

— Bertolt Brecht

Joyful Playwright quotations

Be yourself. Ultimately just be yourself.


When you hit a wall – of your own imagined limitations – just kick it in.

I think the job of the artist is to remind people of what they have chosen to forget.

Some people see scars, and it is wounding they remember.

To me they are proof of the fact that there is healing.

If you have a good idea, open your mouth and say something else.


Not everyone is capable of madness; and of those lucky enough to be capable, not many have the courage for it.

You are precisely as big as what you love and precisely as small as what you allow to annoy you.

No time to grieve for roses when the forests are burning.

A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.

It would be wrong to refuse to face the fact that everything is fundamentally sick and sad.


What I was utterly convinced of, and still am, is the idea that the only responsibility the free intellectual has is vis-a-vis himself. He is not responsible to either a political party or a ruler.

Life is only limited by our prejudices. Destroy them, and you cease to be at the mercy of yourself.

Love is the only energy I’ve ever used as a writer.

I’ve never written out of anger, although anger has informed love.

Do you know what a playwright is? A playwright is someone who lets his guts hang out on the stage.

But here's the thing: what you do as a screenwriter is you sell your copyright.

As a novelist, as a poet, as a playwright, you maintain your copyright.


Steven Alan Green is ONE funny writer ---- Everything I read of yours makes me laugh and think - Not just the kind words about meBut the insights you have for the Comedy racket.You're Barbara Hershey, we are beaches.

Every child has the capacity to be everything.

As lovers, the difference between men and women is that women can love all day long, but men only at times.

The terrorist is the one with the small bomb.

A bore is someone who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.


The classical writers... playwrights, Jacobean, Elizabethan playwrights, all showed areas of all classes and how they live and painted them pretty authentically.

A playwright has a responsibility in his society not to aid it, or comfort it, but to comment and criticize it.

Man is not himself only...He is all that he sees; all that flows to him from a thousand sources...He is the land, the lift of its mountain lines, the reach of its valleys.

Playwrights are like men who have been dining for a month in an Indian restaurant. After eating curry night after night, they deny the existence of asparagus.

I fell into playwriting accidentally, took some classes in it, and also took creative writing classes, but I really didn't expect it to be a career because I didn't believe there was a way to make money as a playwright without being lucky and I didn't feel particularly lucky.


No matter how successful I become as a playwright, my mother would be thrilled to hear me tell her that I'd just lost twenty pounds, gotten married and become a lawyer.

Write plays that matter. Raise the stakes. Shout, yell, holler, but make yourself heard. It's time for playwrights to reclaim the theatre. We do that by speaking from the heart about the things that matter most to us. If a play isn't worth dying for, maybe it isn't worth writing.

Theatre is a mirror, a sharp reflection of society. The greatest playwrights are moralists.

I am a playwright. I show What I have seen. In the man markets I have seen how men are traded. That I show, I, the playwright.

I was a writer. I just wasn't a very good one. I was lucky enough to have a playwriting teacher who told me that I'd be a better actor than I would a playwright.


A stage play is basically a form of uber-schizophrenia.

You split yourself into two minds - one being the protagonist and the other being the antagonist. The playwright also splits himself into two other minds: the mind of the writer and the mind of the audience.

It is very, very difficult for a playwright to write a scene in which a young man has his first deep experience of sex with a girl whom he found immensely attractive, is fully satisfied by this event and gets up and blinds a lot of horses.

It's a very tough time for the playwright.

Broadway has become almost a musical comedy theme park with all these long-running shows.

Human beings suffer agonies, and their sad fates become legends;

poets write verses about them and playwrights compose dramas, and the remembrance of past grief becomes a source of present pleasure - such is the strange alchemy of the spirit.