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Quotes of the day: Edward Albee

Published Wednesday, March 12, 2014 @ 2:13 AM EDT
Mar 12 2014

Edward Franklin Albee III (b. March 12, 1928) is an American playwright of The Zoo Story (1958), The Sandbox (1959), and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1962). His works are considered well-crafted, often unsympathetic examinations of the modern condition. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


American critics are like American universities. They both have dull and half-dead faculties.

Careers are funny things. They begin mysteriously and, just as mysteriously, they can end.

Creativity is magic. Don't examine it too closely.

Dashed hopes and good intentions. Good, better, best, bested.

Death is release, if you've lived all right.

Every monster was a man first.

Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it.

I have a fine sense of the ridiculous, but no sense of humor.

I swear, if you existed, I'd divorce you.

I think we should all live on the precipice of life, as fully and as dangerously as possible.

I'm not one of these playwrights who thinks directors and actors should have free rein to do whatever they want to do. If they want to do what they want to do, they should write their own plays.

If Attila the Hun were alive today, he'd be a drama critic.

If you have no wounds, how can you know if you're alive?

If you're willing to fail interestingly, you tend to succeed interestingly.

Life must be lived usefully, not selfishly. And a usefully lived life is probably going to be, ultimately, more satisfying.

Remember one thing about democracy. We can have anything we want and at the same time, we always end up with exactly what we deserve.

Sincerity doesn't mean anything. A person can be sincere and be more destructive than a person who is insincere.

Sometimes a person has to go a very long distance out of his way to come back a short distance correctly.

The act of writing is an act of optimism. You would not take the trouble to do it if you felt that it did not matter

The gods too are fond of a joke.

The world is a zoo.

What I mean by an educated taste is someone who has the same tastes that I have.

You gotta have swine to show you where the truffles are.

You're alive only once, as far as we know, and what could be worse than getting to the end of your life and realizing you hadn't lived it?

Your responsibility is to the public consciousness, not to the public view of itself.

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