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Born: 1915-10-17
Profession: Playwright
Nation: American
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I love her too, but our neuroses just don't match.

Tags: Her, Love, Match

I think it's a mistake to ever look for hope outside of one's self.

Tags: Hope, Mistake, Self

I'm the end of the line; absurd and appalling as it may seem, serious New York theater has died in my lifetime.

Tags: End, May, Serious

Man must shape his tools lest they shape him.

Tags: Him, Shape, Tools

The structure of a play is always the story of how the birds came home to roost.

Tags: Birds, Home, Story

The theater is so endlessly fascinating because it's so accidental. It's so much like life.

Tags: Accidental, Life, Theater

Where choice begins, Paradise ends, innocence ends, for what is Paradise but the absence of any need to choose this action?

Tags: Action, Choice, Choose

Without alienation, there can be no politics.

Tags: Alienation, Politics

He wants to live on through something-and in his case, his masterpiece is his son. all of us want that, and it gets more poignant as we get more anonymous in this world.

Tags: Anonymous, Son, Wants

Well, all the plays that I was trying to write were plays that would grab an audience by the throat and not release them, rather than presenting an emotion which you could observe and walk away from.

Tags: Away, Rather, Trying

I think now that the great thing is not so much the formulation of an answer for myself, for the theater, or the play-but rather the most accurate possible statement of the problem.

Tags: Great, Problem, Rather

It is my art. I am better at it than I ever was. And I will do it as long as I can. When you reach a certain age you can slough off what is unnecessary and concentrate on what is. And why not?

Tags: Age, Art, Why

The number of elements that have to go into a hit would break a computer down. the right season for that play, the right historical moment, the right tonality.

Tags: Break, Moment, Number

The problem was to sustain at any cost the feeling you had in the theater that you were watching a real person, yes, but an intense condensation of his experience, not simply a realistic series of episodes.

Tags: Experience, Feeling, Real

What is the most innocent place in any country? Is it not the insane asylum? These people drift through life truly innocent, unable to see into themselves at all.

Tags: Country, Life, Place

Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.

Tags: End, Hope, Life

Betrayal is the only truth that sticks.

Tags: Betrayal, Sticks, Truth

Can anyone remember love? It's like trying to summon up the smell of roses in a cellar. You might see a rose, but never the perfume.

Tags: Love, Remember, Trying

Let you look sometimes for the goodness in me, and judge me not.

Tags: Goodness, Judge, Sometimes

If I see an ending, I can work backward.

Tags: Backward, Ending, Work
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If I have any justification for having lived it's simply, I'm nothing but faults, failures and so on, but I have tried to make a good pair of shoes. There's some value in that.

Tags: Good, Shoes, Value

A playwright lives in an occupied country. And if you can't live that way you don't stay.

Tags: Country, Lives, Stay

A suicide kills two people, Maggie, that's what it's for!

Tags: Maggie

I cannot sleep for dreaming; I cannot dream but I wake and walk about the house as though I'd find you coming through some door.

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A child's spirit is like a child, you can never catch it by running after it; you must stand still, and, for love, it will soon itself come back.

Tags: After, Child, Love

Don't be seduced into thinking that that which does not make a profit is without value.

Tags: Profit, Thinking, Value

You cannot catch a child's spirit by running after it; you must stand still and for love it will soon itself return.

Tags: After, Cannot, Love

All we are is a lot of talking nitrogen.

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Everybody likes a kidder, but nobody lends him money.

Tags: Everybody, Him, Money

I have made more friends for American culture than the State Department. Certainly I have made fewer enemies, but that isn't very difficult.

Tags: American, Difficult, Friends

Never fight fair with a stranger, boy. You'll never get out of the jungle that way.

Tags: Fair, Fight, Stranger

The job is to ask questions-it always was-and to ask them as inexorably as I can. And to face the absence of precise answers with a certain humility.

Tags: Face, Humility, Job

You specialize in something until one day you find it is specializing in you.

Tags: Specialize, Until

The apple cannot be stuck back on the Tree of Knowledge; once we begin to see, we are doomed and challenged to seek the strength to see more, not less.

Tags: Cannot, Knowledge, Strength

In the theater, while you recognized that you were looking at a house, it was a house in quotation marks. On screen, the quotation marks tend to be blotted out by the camera.

Tags: House, Looking, While

The closer a man approaches tragedy the more intense is his concentration of emotion upon the fixed point of his commitment, which is to say the closer he approaches what in life we call fanaticism.

Tags: Call, Life, Point

A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.

Tags: Good, Nation, Talking

Certainly the most diverse, if minor, pastime of literary life is the game of Find the Author.

Tags: Author, Game, Life

He's not the finest character that ever lived. But he's a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid.

Tags: Character, Him, Human

I know that my works are a credit to this nation and I dare say they will endure longer than the McCarran Act.

Tags: Act, Longer, Nation