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Born: 1905-06-20
Profession: Dramatist
Nation: American
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They're fancy talkers about themselves, writers. If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.

Tags: Give, Writing, Young

People change and forget to tell each other.

Tags: Change, Forget, Tell

Things start out as hopes and end up as habits.

Tags: End, Hope, Start

We are a people who do not want to keep much of the past in our heads. It is considered unhealthy in America to remember mistakes, neurotic to think about them, psychotic to dwell on them.

Tags: Mistakes, Past, Remember

Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.

Tags: Cynicism, Saying, Truth

I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashion.

Tags: Cannot, Fashion, Year

Belief is a moral act for which the believer is to be held responsible.

Tags: Act, Belief, Moral

I like people who refuse to speak until they are ready to speak.

Tags: Ready, Speak, Until

There are people who eat the earth and eat all the people on it like in the Bible with the locusts. And other people who stand around and watch them eat.

Tags: Bible, Earth, Stand

It is best to act with confidence, no matter how little right you have to it.

Tags: Best, Confidence, Matter

It is a mark of many famous people that they cannot part with their brightest hour.

Tags: Cannot, Famous, Hour

It is not good to see people who have been pretending strength all their lives lose it even for a minute.

Tags: Good, Lose, Strength

Success isn't everything but it makes a man stand straight.

Tags: Makes, Stand, Success

God forgives those who invent what they need.

Tags: Forgives, God, Invent

Since when do we have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?

Tags: Agree, Injustice, Since

Truth made you a traitor as it often does in a time of scoundrels.

Tags: Often, Time, Truth

You lose your manners when you are poor.

Tags: Lose, Manners, Poor

Failure in the theater is more dramatic and uglier than any other form of writing. It costs so much, you feel so guilty.

Tags: Failure, Guilty, Writing

If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.

Tags: Give, Writing, Young

Lonely people, in talking to each other, can make each other lonelier.

Tags: Lonelier, Lonely, Talking

My father was often angry when I was most like him.

Tags: Anger, Angry, Father

Nobody outside of a baby carriage or a judge's chamber believes in an unprejudiced point of view.

Tags: Baby, Judge, Point

Nothing you write, if you hope to be good, will ever come out as you first hoped.

Tags: Good, Hope, Write

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What a word is truth. Slippery, tricky, unreliable. I tried in these books to tell the truth.

Tags: Tell, Truth, Word

Unjust. How many times I've used that word, scolded myself with it. All I mean by it now is that I don't have the final courage to say that I refuse to preside over violations against myself, and to hell with justice.

Tags: Courage, Justice, Mean

If you believe, as the Greeks did, that man is at the mercy of the gods, then you write tragedy. The end is inevitable from the beginning. But if you believe that man can solve his own problems and is at nobody's mercy, then you will probably write melodrama.

Tags: End, Problems, Write

The man who gives up accomplishes nothing and is only a hindrance. The man who does not give up can move mountains.

Tags: Give, Mountains, Move

The Holy Bible is an abyss. It is impossible to explain how profound it is, impossible to explain how simple it is.

Tags: Holy, Impossible, Simple

There are men who would quickly love each other if once they were speak to each other; for when they spoke they would discover that their souls had only separated by phantoms and delusions.

Tags: Love, Men, Speak