American Playwright Quotes
An optimist … is a person who thinks the future is uncertain.
The poor tread lightest upon the earth. The higher our income, the more resources we control and the more havoc we wreak.
I kinda like it when you forget to give me presents. It makes me feel like we're married.
Order, cleanliness, seemliness make a structure that is half support, half ritual, and - if it does not create it - maintains decency.
The love of those among whom one has been reared is usually not love at all. One can die inwardly without any of them being aware of it.
Evelyn Scott (writer)
You cannot sit at home as a twenty-year-old poet. You don't know anything about life.
Golf is like a love affair. If you don't take it seriously, it's no fun; if you do take it seriously, it breaks your heart.
Everybody can be wrong sometime, and when you wrong you oughta stand up and be wrong right out, and not be hidin and lyin.
Seminar is not yet officially a transitive verb. Still, most graduate students in any large research-oriented university have at times felt themselves more the helpless objects of a seminar than its active participants. Seminared into numbness describes that feeling of oversaturation.
Modern American marriage is like a wire fence. The woman's the wire -the posts are the husband's.
Langdon Elwyn Mitchell
MASH] was going to have to be a whole lot more than funny. Funny was easy. How not to trivialize human suffering by trying to be comic about it, that was the challenge.
A guardian angel comes when you are very young, and gives you special dispensation. From what? From the world. Yours might be luck. Mine is money.
No hate has ever unlocked the myriad interlacings—the front of love. Hate is nothing.
Writing is like exploring. Although the country a writer explores is imaginary, the discoveries he makes there are real. For it is the business of writers to reveal truths to us about ourselves and our lives.
You have to beat out for yourself many mornings on the windy headlands the sense of the fact that you get the same rainbow in the cloud drift over Waban and the spray of your garden hose. And not necessarily then do you live up to it.
Mary Hunter Austin
I never get used to it, the unknowable mystery of a person so suddenly, totally closed, snapped shut like a half-read novel.
Linda Barnes (writer)
I wanted to be a Bride of Christ but I guess now I'm a young divorcee.
I've almost come to feel that it doesn't make much difference what you believe in — the thing that's important is a state of belief. It's much better to believe in nonsense than in nothing.
Margaret Ayer Barnes
I like cars. I like travel. I like the idea of people breaking down and I'm the only one who can help them get on the road again. It would be like being a magician. Just open up the hood and cast your magic spell.
You coulda been a singer, Ma. Play Vegas. And I'd write ya spicy songs to slither out of your throat like barracudas.
Quote of the day
Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. [It is] a major force in explaining man to man.
Predictions that didn't happen
If it's on the Internet it must be true
Remarkable Last Words (or Near-Last Words)
Philip James Bailey
Letitia Elizabeth Landon