Guilt is universal.
I can’t stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action.
All your Western theologies, the whole mythology of them, are based on the concept of God as a senile delinquent.
A vacuum is a hell of a lot better than some of the stuff that nature replaces it with.
When so many are lonely as seem to be lonely, it would be inexcusably selfish to be lonely alone.
Don’t look forward to the day you stop suffering, because when it comes you’ll know you’re dead.
Every artist has a basic premise pervading his whole life, and that premise can provide the impulse to everything he creates. For me the dominating premise has been the need for understanding and tenderness and fortitude among individuals trapped by circumstance.
A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.
Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going.
Oh you weak, beautiful people who give up with such grace. What you need is someone to take hold of you
I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.
The only thing worse than a liar is a liar that’s also a hypocrite!
It is almost as if you were frantically constructing another world while the world that you live in dissolves beneath your feet, and that your survival depends on completing this construction at least one second before the old habitation collapses.
Luxury is the wolf at the door and its fangs are the vanities and conceits germinated by success. When an artist learns this, he knows where the danger is.
Topics: Success & Failure, Success, Luxury
Oh, Jacques, we’re used to each other, we’re a pair of captive hawks caught in the same cage, and so we’ve grown used to each other. That’s what passes for love at this dim, shadowy end of the Camino Real.
The most dangerous word in any human tongue is the word for brother. It’s inflammatory.
Once you fully apprehend the vacuity of a life without struggle, you are equipped with the basic means of salvation.
Talent? What is talent but the ability to get away with something?
I have always been pushed by the negative. The apparent failure of a play sends me back to my typewriter that very night, before the reviews are out. I am more compelled to get back to work than if I had a success.
Topics: Motivation, Difficulties, Motivational, Adversity
Everyone says he’s sincere, but everyone isn’t sincere. If everyone was sincere who says he’s sincere there wouldn’t be half so many insincere ones in the world and there would be lots, lots, lots more really sincere ones!
You said, “They’re harmless dreamers and they’re loved by the people.”—“What,” I asked you, “is harmless about a dreamer, and what,” I asked you, “is harmless about the love of the people? Revolution only needs good dreamers who remember their dreams.”
Topics: Revolution, Revolutions, Revolutionaries
When I stop (working), the rest of the day is posthumous. I’m only really alive when I’m working.
The future is called “perhaps,” which is the only possible thing to call the future. And the only important thing is not to allow that to scare you.
Topics: Tomorrow, Fear, Future, Anxiety, The Future
I wrote because I had to. I couldn’t stop. There wasn’t anything else I could do. If no one ever bought anything, anything I ever did, I’d still be writing. It’s beyond a compulsion.
Topics: Talents, Work, Abilities
Wondering Whom to Read Next?
- William Motter Inge American Playwright
- Marsha Norman American Playwright
- Thornton Wilder American Novelist, Dramatist
- Lillian Hellman American Playwright
- Arthur Miller American Playwright
- Langston Hughes American Poet, Writer
- Clare Boothe Luce American Playwright
- William Saroyan American Playwright, Novelist
- Edna St. Vincent Millay American Poet
- Natalie Clifford Barney American Playwright