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" Your source material is the people you know, not those you don't know, but every character is an extension of the author's own personality. "
" A play is fiction - and fiction is fact distilled into truth. "
" You gotta have swine to show you where the truffles are. "
" American critics are like American universities. They both have dull and half-dead faculties. "
" It's a good idea to have friends both in Heaven and in Hell. "
" I swear, if you existed I'd divorce you. "
" Never marry for money; you can borrow it cheaper. "
" The difference between critics and audiences is that one is a group of humans and one is not. "
" What people really want in the theater is fantasy involvement and not reality involvement. "
" He that has been bitten by a snake is afraid of a rope. "
" If Attila the Hun were alive today, he'd be a drama critic. "
" Old people whimper, and cry, and belch, and make great hollow rumbling sounds at table; old people wake up in the middle of the night screaming, and find out they haven't even been asleep; and when old people are asleep, they try to wake up, and they can't... not for the longest time. "
" Careers are funny things. They begin mysteriously and, just as mysteriously, they can end; and I am at just the very beginning of what I hope will be a long and satisfying life in the theater. But, whatever happens, I am grateful to have had my novice work received so well, and so quickly. "
" My exposure to Beckett and to late O'Neill was probably important right at the time I gave up poetry and the novel. "
" I have a fine sense of the ridiculous, but no sense of humor. "
Sense Of Humor
" Remember one thing about democracy. We can have anything we want and at the same time, we always end up with exactly what we deserve. "
" Sometimes a person has to go a very long distance out of his way to come back a short distance correctly. "
" The avant-garde theater is fun; it is free-swinging, bold, iconoclastic, and often wildly, wildly funny. If you will approach it with childlike innocence - putting your standard responses aside, for they do not apply - if you will approach it on its own terms, I think you will be in for a liberating surprise. "
" That's all that counts. People being sorry. Makes you feel better; gives you a sense of dignity, and that's all that's important; a sense of dignity. And it doesn't matter if you don't care or not, either. You got to have a sense of dignity, even if you don't care, 'cause, if you don't have that, civilization's doomed. "
" The thing that makes a creative person is to be creative and that is all there is to it. "
" One must let the play happen to one; one must let the mind loose to respond as it will, to receive impressions, to sense rather than know, to gather rather than immediately understand. "
" Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it. A good writer turns fact into truth; a bad writer will, more often than not, accomplish the opposite. "
" I'm not suggesting that the play is without fault; all of my plays are imperfect, I'm rather happy to say-it leaves me something to do. "