188 Total Quotes

American Dramatist Quotes

Clare Luce
The politicians were talking themselves red, white and blue in the face.
Clare Luce
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Tennessee Williams
Once you fully apprehend the vacuity of a life without struggle, you are equipped with the basic means of salvation.
Tennessee Williams
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David Mamet
Films have degenerated to their original operation as carnival amusement - they offer not drama but thrills.
David Mamet
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Failure in the theater is more dramatic and uglier than any other form of writing. It costs so much, you feel so guilty.
Lillian Hellman
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Clare Luce
Lying increases the creative faculties, expands the ego, and lessens the frictions of social contacts.
Clare Luce
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David Mamet
People may or may not say what they mean... but they always say something designed to get what they want.
David Mamet
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Edward Albee
What people really want in the theater is fantasy involvement and not reality involvement.
Edward Albee
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Tennessee Williams
There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go.
Tennessee Williams
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David Mamet
Policemen so cherish their status as keepers of the peace and protectors of the public that they have occasionally been known to beat to death those citizens or groups who question that status.
David Mamet
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David Mamet
In a world we find terrifying, we ratify that which doesn't threaten us.
David Mamet
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Coughing in the theater is not a respiratory ailment. It is a criticism.
Alan Lerner
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A schedule so tight that it would only work if I didn't sleep on Monday nights.
Alan Lerner
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Men die but an idea does not.
Alan Lerner
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Since when do we have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?
Lillian Hellman
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Clare Luce
Money can't buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you're being miserable.
Clare Luce
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Clare Luce
They say women talk too much. If you have worked in Congress you know that the filibuster was invented by men.
Clare Luce
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Clare Luce
There is nothing like a good dose of another woman to make a man appreciate his wife.
Clare Luce
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Edward Albee
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.
Edward Albee
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Tennessee Williams
We have to distrust each other. It is our only defense against betrayal.
Tennessee Williams
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Tennessee Williams
All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.
Tennessee Williams
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Clare Luce
In the final analysis there is no other solution to man's progress but the day's honest work, the day's honest decision, the day's generous utterances, and the day's good deed.
Clare Luce
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Wilson Mizner
Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research.
Wilson Mizner
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Tennessee Williams
A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.
Tennessee Williams
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Clare Luce
The women who inspired this play deserved to be smacked across the head with a meat ax and that, I flatter myself, is exactly what I smacked them with.
Clare Luce
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Tennessee Williams
The most dangerous word in any human tongue is the word for brother. It's inflammatory.
Tennessee Williams
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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.
Lillian Hellman
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David Mamet
I always thought the real violence in Hollywood isn't what's on the screen. It's what you have to do to raise the money.
David Mamet
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Eugene O'Neill
Man's loneliness is but his fear of life.
Eugene O'Neill
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Clare Luce
There are no hopeless situations; there are only men who have grown hopeless about them.
Clare Luce
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Tennessee Williams
All of us are guinea pigs in the laboratory of God. Humanity is just a work in progress.
Tennessee Williams
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