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“Anybody who thinks there's nothing wrong with this world needs to have his head examined. Just when things are going all right, without fail someone or something will come along and spoil everything. Somebody should write that down as a fundamental law of the Universe. The principle of perpetual disappointment. If there is a God who created this world, he should scrap it and try again.”
Athol Fugard, "Master Harold"...and the boys
“To know nothing about yourself is to be constantly in danger of nothingness, those voids of non-being over which a man walks the tightrope of his life.”
Athol Fugard, Tsotsi
“As fascinated as I was by words on paper, it was matched by my fascination with words in people's mouths. The spoken word. And that is the world of theatre.”
Athol Fugard
“Love is the only energy I’ve ever used as a writer. I’ve never written out of anger, although anger has informed love.”
Athol Fugard
“Those are big collisions, Hally. They make for a lot of bruises. People get hurt in all that bumping, and we're sick and tired of it now. It's been going on for too long. Are we never going to get it right?...Learn to dance life like champions instead of always being just a bunch of beginners at it?”
Athol Fugard, "Master Harold"...and the boys
“Yes! That's what all our talk about a decent world has been... just so much bullshit."

"We did say it was still only a dream."

"And a bloody useless one at that. Life's a fuck-up and it's never going to change.”
Athol Fugard, "Master Harold"...and the boys
“we're bumping into each other all the time...”
Athol Fugard, "Master Harold"...and the boys
“Life is just a plain bloody mess, that's all. And people are fools.”
Athol Fugard, "Master Harold"...and the boys
“Be careful, Hally."

"Of what? The truth? I seem to be the only one around here who is prepared to face it.”
Athol Fugard, "Master Harold"...and the boys
“Aman cant spend his life with only one thought”
Athol Fugard
“It's just that life felt the right size in there... not too big and not too small. Wasn't so hard to work up a bit of courage. It's got so bloody complicated since then.”
Athol Fugard, "Master Harold"...and the boys
“The clocks are ticking my friends. History has got a strict timetable. If we're not careful we might be remembered as the country who arrived to late.”
Athol Fugard, My Children! My Africa!
“One wishes that pain weren’t the potent alchemical element that it is.”
Athol Fugard


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