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Quotes of the day: Tony Kushner

Published Wednesday, July 15, 2015 @ 1:48 PM EDT
Jul 15 2015

Anthony Robert "Tony" Kushner (b. July 16, 1956) is an American playwright and screenwriter. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1993 for his play Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. He co-authored with Eric Roth the screenplay for the 2005 film Munich, and he wrote the screenplay for the 2012 film Lincoln, both critically acclaimed movies. For his work, he received a National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama in 2013 (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


I wish you would be more true to your demographic profile. Life is confusing enough.

If you're gay and you can't hold hands, or you're black and you can't catch a taxi, or you're a woman and you can't go into the park, you are aware there's a menace. That's costly on a psychic level. The world should be striving to make all its members secure.

In this world, there is a kind of painful progress. Longing for what we've left behind, and dreaming ahead.

It's the fear of what comes after the doing that makes the doing hard to do.

My whole life has conspired to bring me to this place, and I can't despise my whole life.

Nothing's lost forever.

One has to have a complicated kind of optimism. You can't refuse to look at how horrible things are.

Only date people who have read a different set of books than you have read, it will save you lots of time in the library.

People shouldn't trust artists and they shouldn't trust art. Part of the fun of art is that it invites you to interpret it.

Respect the delicate ecology of your delusions.

The smallest indivisible human unit is two people, not one; one is a fiction. From such nets of souls societies, the social world, human life springs.

Torture yourself about your failures. And then get back to work.

We all romp about, grieving, wondering, but with rare exception we mostly remain suspended in the Rhetorical Colloidal Forever that agglutinates between Might and Do.

You don't go to the movies to do historical research, unless it's historical research about the movies.

You have to ask hard questions.

You learn that existence is legible but that you have to have a critical mind if you're going to read it.

You'll find, my friend, that what you love will take you places you never dreamed you'd go.

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