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Born: 1926-11-09
Profession: Dramatist
Nation: Irish
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My life is every moment of my life. It is not a culmination of the past.

Tags: Life, Moment, Past

I went through life like an idiot for a great deal of the time, saying there's nothing I would change. That was a very arrogant thing to say. There's a lot I would change. There are people I would have steered clear of.

Tags: Change, Life, Time

A thing well done is worth doing.

Tags: Done, Worth

Gossip is more popular than literature.

Tags: Gossip, Literature, Popular

As somebody once said, we're not punished for our sins, we're punished by them.

Tags: Once, Said, Somebody

I feel like the writer observing the grief, but it is difficult to be detached from it.

Tags: Difficult, Grief, Writer

I think with every writer there are two people there.

Tags: Writer

I'm a much nicer person since my wife died. I found out what pain is, so on that level I'm much nicer.

Tags: Pain, Since, Wife

I've always believed in survival.

Tags: Believed, Survival

I've always enjoyed a woman's company more than men's. They're usually better looking.

Tags: Looking, Men, Woman

My mother was passionate. She was stubborn, the dominant one in the family. She dominated my father.

Tags: Family, Father, Mother

The problem with Ireland is that it's a country full of genius, but with absolutely no talent.

Tags: Country, Problem, Talent

Arnold Bennett was a writer I admired. He was actually taking notes at his father's deathbed.

Tags: Actually, Father, Writer

I don't think anyone is the perfect one to play me.

Tags: Anyone, Perfect

I'm a writer, and what I do is write. I wasn't able to do anything else.

Tags: Able, Else, Write

My father I liked, but it was only after his death that I got to know him by writing the play.

Tags: Death, Father, Writing

I came down to the living room one day and my wife was standing in the living room. It wasn't an illusion. I saw her out of the corner of my eye. The moment I saw her, she vanished.

Tags: Living, Moment, Wife

It's a natural thing for people to say, you know, Who's in this book? I find myself get ting a little defensive. People come along and I'm waiting for that first question.

Tags: Book, Question, Waiting

We are all the foolishness and all the crimes we did. We're also all the kindnesses we did. I hate to think of life as if we understood time. We don't understand time.

Tags: Hate, Life, Time

We were married for almost 45 years. We fought all the time, it wasn't a great love or anything, it wasn't a great, all-consuming passion. She was just there. A lot of people were startled because we didn't seem devoted but we were.

Tags: Great, Love, Time