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Quotes of the day: Wendy Wasserstein

Published Saturday, October 17, 2015 @ 10:27 PM EDT
Oct 17 2015

Wendy Wasserstein (October 18, 1950 – January 30, 2006) was an American playwright. She was an Andrew Dickson White Professor-at- Large at Cornell University. She received the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1989 for her play The Heidi Chronicles. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Because of Mozart, it's all over after the age of seven.

Being a grownup means assuming responsibility for yourself, for your children, and- here's the big curve- for your parents.

Being funny is a way of being liked and a way of dealing with sadness.

Don't live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable.

I really worked at becoming more assertive, and now none of my friends talk to me.

I'm perpetually curious as to what happened to all those supposed prodigies who were singled out while I and my coterie of far more interesting malcontents passed on.

If you embrace sloth, it's the last thing you ever have to do again.

Our lives are not totally random. We make commitments, we cause things to happen.

Sometimes I want to clean up my desk and go out and say, respect me, I'm a respectable grown-up, and other times I just want to jump into a paper bag and shake and bake myself to death.

The real reason for comedy is to hide the pain.

Work is a way of shutting out ambiguous sentiment.


(October 18 is also the birthday of A.J. Liebling, Logan Pearsall Smith, and Matthew Henry.)

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