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" Betrayal is the only truth that sticks. "
" Let you look sometimes for the goodness in me, and judge me not. "
" 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. "
" Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets. "
" Never fight fair with a stranger, boy. You'll never get out of the jungle that way. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" A suicide kills two people, Maggie, that's what it's for! "
" All we are is a lot of talking nitrogen. "
" The structure of a play is always the story of how the birds came home to roost. "
" Man must shape his tools lest they shape him. "
" A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself. "
" I think it's a mistake to ever look for hope outside of one's self. "
" Where choice begins, Paradise ends, innocence ends, for what is Paradise but the absence of any need to choose this action? "
" If I see an ending, I can work backward. "
" 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. "
" You specialize in something until one day you find it is specializing in you. "
" Don't be seduced into thinking that that which does not make a profit is without value. "
" A playwright lives in an occupied country. And if you can't live that way you don't stay. "
" 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. "
" Without alienation, there can be no politics. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" The theater is so endlessly fascinating because it's so accidental. It's so much like life. "
" Everybody likes a kidder, but nobody lends him money. "