31 Total Quotes

August Wilson Quotes

August Wilson
Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength.
August Wilson
#Courage

August Wilson
To my observation, the black middle class has failed to return the expertise and sophistication and resources that they've gained in American society over the past 50 years back to the community,
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#Class

August Wilson
It's not like poker: You can't throw your hand in. I've lived a blessed life. I'm ready.
August Wilson
#Life

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Black actors are mostly locked out of the house, and there is something dreadfully wrong with that,
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#Acting And Actors

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The fact that he was a self-made man, that he was a lieutenant in the army and became the emperor, I liked that,
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#Army

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I'm trying to take culture and put it onstage, demonstrate it is capable of sustaining you. There is no idea that can't be contained by life: Asian life, European life, certainly black life. My plays are about love, honor, duty, betrayal - things humans have written about since the beginning of time.
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#Culture

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Blacks have traditionally had to operate in a situation where whites have set themselves up as the custodians of the black experience.
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#American Playwright #Blacks

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All you need in the world is love and laughter. That's all anybody needs. To have love in one hand and laughter in the other.
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#American Playwright #Laughter

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We are running out of energy, mental energy, ... We need to generate something new, for ourselves.
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#Energy

August Wilson
I feel free, man,
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#Man

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Some are from deeper inside than others, but they're all different aspects of my personality, I suspect. They're not modeled after anyone that I know. They are voices of the black community.
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#Personality

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He paused. ''But what if they say they're going to cut off the heads of my children? If it's just me, that's OK, but not my children.
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#Children

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I have a robust imagination and I have imagined for myself many things,
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#Imagination

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[Wilson may never see the marquee or sit in the theater that carries his name. Last month, in an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, he announced that he was dying of liver cancer, with three to five months to live. He disclosed it with the type of plainspoken grit one of his heroic characters might admire.] I've lived a blessed life, ... I'm ready.
August Wilson
#Theater

August Wilson
As soon as white folks say a play's good, the theater is jammed with blacks and whites.
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#American Playwright

August Wilson
I should take a page from my lawyer-every time I call, he's on vacation, four or five times a year.
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#Lawyer

August Wilson
I might be a different kind of fool, but I ain't gonna be the same fool twice.
August Wilson
#Fools And Foolishness

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I know some things when I start. I know, let's say, that the play is going to be a 1970s or a 1930s play, and it's going to be about a piano, but that's it. I slowly discover who the characters are as I go along.
August Wilson
#American Playwright

August Wilson
American society as a whole has a very short memory. There are a lot of things we don't know or have allowed ourselves to forget. I was visiting a high school, Seward High School, in 1987, and one of the students in the classroom thought that slavery had ended in 1960. He was very serious about it.
August Wilson
#Slavery

August Wilson
Suffice it to say, I'm not poor.
August Wilson
#American Playwright

August Wilson
I don't have a musical background. But I do enjoy all kinds of music. It's an expression of the human spirit that illuminates our humanity.
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#American Playwright

August Wilson
What comes forth from you as an artist cannot be controlled. But you have responsibilities as a global citizen. Your history dictates your duty. And by writing about black people, you are not limiting yourself. The experiences of African-Americans are as wide open as God's closet.
August Wilson
#God #Experiences #African Americans

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I first got involved in theater in 1968, at the height of a social tumult. I was a poet.
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#American Playwright

August Wilson
For me, the original play becomes an historical document: This is where I was when I wrote it, and I have to move on now to something else.
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#American Playwright

August Wilson
Between speeches and awards, you can find something to do every other week. It's hard to write. Your focus gets splintered. Once you put one thing in your calendar, that month is gone.
August Wilson
#American Playwright

August Wilson
Walk in there. Tip my hat. Lay my money down on the table. Get my deed and walk on out. This time I get to keep all the cotton. Hire me some men to work it for me. Gin my cotton. Get my seed.
August Wilson
#Money