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Oscar Wilde
“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

Tom Robbins
“We are our own dragons as well as our own heroes, and we have to rescue ourselves from ourselves.”
Tom Robbins, Still Life with Woodpecker

William Shakespeare
“But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief,
That thou, her maid, art far more fair than she.
Be not her maid, since she is envious;
Her vestal livery is but sick and green
And none but fools do wear it; cast it off.
It is my lady, O, it is my love!
Oh, that she knew she were!”
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Arthur  Miller
“It is rare for people to be asked the question which puts them squarely in front of themselves”
Arthur Miller, The Crucible

L.M. Elliott
“Poetry, plays, novels, music, they are the cry of the human spirit trying to understand itself and make sense of our world.”
Laura Malone Elliott, Annie, Between the States

E.A. Bucchianeri
“Theatres are curious places, magician's trick-boxes where the golden memories of dramtic triumphs linger like nostalgic ghosts, and where the unexplainable, the fantastic, the tragic, the comic and the absurd are routine occurences on and off the stage. Murders, mayhem, politcal intrigue, lucrative business, secret assignations, and of course, dinner.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly,

William Shakespeare
“I was too young that time to value her,
But now I know her. If she be a traitor,
Why, so am I. We still have slept together,
Rose at an instant, learned, played, eat together,
And wheresoe'er we went, like Juno's swans,
Still we went coupled and inseparable.”
William Shakespeare, As You Like It

Anton Chekhov
“In all the universe nothing remains permanent and unchanged but the spirit.”
Anton Chekhov, The Seagull

Tom Stoppard
“Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.”
Tom Stoppard

William Shakespeare
“Under the greenwood tree,
Who loves to lie with me
And tune his merry note,
Unto the sweet bird's throat;
Come hither, come hither, come hither.
Here shall he see
No enemy
But winter and rough weather.”
William Shakespeare, As You Like It

Tennessee Williams
“Maggie, we're through with lies and liars in this house. Lock the door.”
Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
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Stephen King
“Directing teenage actors is like juggling jars of nitro-glycerine: exhilarating and dangerous.”
Stephen King, 11/22/63

Sarah Ruhl
“This is what it is to love an artist: The moon is always rising above your house. The houses of your neighbors look dull and lacking in moonlight. But he is always going away from you. Inside his head there is always something more beautiful.”
Sarah Ruhl, Eurydice

William Shakespeare
“If one good deed in all my life I did,
I do repent it from my very soul.”
William Shakespeare

Tom Stoppard
“A Chinaman of the T'ang Dynasty—and, by which definition, a philosopher—dreamed he was a butterfly, and from that moment he was never quite sure that he was not a butterfly dreaming it was a Chinese philosopher. Envy him; in his two-fold security.”
Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Daphne du Maurier
“We can see the film stars of yesterday in yesterday’s films, hear the voices of poest and singers on a record, keep the plays of dead dramatists upon our bookshelves, but the actor who holds his audience captive for one brief moment upon a lighted stage vanishes forever when the curtain falls. ”
Daphne du Maurier, The "Rebecca" Notebook: And Other Memories

Terry Pratchett
“Divers alarums and excursions', she read, uncertainly. 'That means lots of terrible happenings, said Magrat. 'You always put that in plays.'
Alarums and what?', said Nanny Ogg, who hadn't been listening.
Excursions', said Magrat patienly.
Oh.' Nanny Ogg brightened a bit. 'The seaside would be nice,' she said.
Oh do shut up, Gytha,' said Granny Weatherwax. 'They're not for you. They're only for divers, like it says. Probably so they can recover from all them alarums.”
Terry Pratchett, Wyrd Sisters

Tom Stoppard
“GUIL: It [Hamlet's madness] really boils down to symptoms. Pregnant replies, mystic allusions, mistaken identities, arguing his father is his mother, that sort of thing; intimations of suicide, forgoing of exercise, loss of mirth, hints of claustrophobia not to say delusions of imprisonment; invocations of camels, chameleons, capons, whales, weasels, hawks, handsaws -- riddles, quibbles and evasions; amnesia, paranoia, myopia; day-dreaming, hallucinations; stabbing his elders, abusing his parents, insulting his lover, and appearing hatless in public -- knock-kneed, droop-stockinged and sighing like a love-sick schoolboy, which at his age is coming on a bit strong.

ROS: And talking to himself.

GUIL: And talking to himself.”
Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

George Bernard Shaw
“The quality of a play is the quality of its ideas.”
George Bernard Shaw

Tim Cummings
“It’s easier for me to make sense of it that way than it is for me to face the other way—reality. And yet, those evil spirits that were unleashed—be they fake entities from a stupid carnival ride, or cruel malevolencies from dark spiritual chasms of our universe—have stayed with me all these years”
Tim Cummings, ORPHANS

William Shakespeare
“In truth, fair Montague, I am too fond...”
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Alison Larkin
“I, on the other hand, interrupt people because my thoughts fly out of my mouth. My handbag's full of rubbish. And I want to do something that matters with my life. Right now I'd like to write plays, sing in musicals, and/or rid the world of poverty, violence, cruelty, and right-wing conservative politics.”
Alison Larkin, The English American

Suzan-Lori Parks
“The plays should have the half-life of plutonium.”
Suzan-Lori Parks

Tim Cummings
“Listen, we’ll come visit you. Okay? I’ll dress up as William Shakespeare, Lucent as Emily Dickinson, and beautiful ‘Ray’ as someone dashing and manly like Jules Verne or Ernest Hemingway...and we’ll write on your white-room walls. We’ll write you out of your supposed insanity. I love you, Micky Affias.

-James (from "Descendants of the Eminent")”
Tim Cummings

“Never to be squandered.....the miracle of another human being.”
Craig Lucas, Prelude to a Kiss

Annie Dillard
“I set up and staged hundreds of ends-of-the-world and watched, enthralled, as they played themselves out.”
Annie Dillard, Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters

“Lesly: I don't think you're insane.

 Jackie-O: You don't?

 Lesly: No.

 Jackie-O: You don't think I'm an eensie weensie bit insane?

 Lesly: I don't think you're insane. I think you're just spoiled.

 Jackie-O: Oh please, if everyone around here is going to start telling the truth, I'm going to bed. ”
Wendy Macleod, The House of Yes

Bill Bryson
“It is often said that what sets Shakespeare apart is his ability to illuminate the workings of the soul and so on, and he does that superbly, goodness knows, but what really characterizes his work - every bit of it, in poems and plays and even dedications, throughout every portion of his career - is a positive and palpable appreciation of the transfixing power of language. A Midsummer Night's Dream remains an enchanting work after four hundred years, but few could argue that it cuts to the very heart of human behaviour. What it does is take, and give, a positive satisfaction in the joyous possibilities of verbal expression.”
Bill Bryson, Shakespeare: The World as Stage

William Shakespeare
“Here comes Monseiur Le Beau.
Rosalind: With his mouth full of news.
Celia: Which he will put on us, as pigeons feed their young.
Rosalind: Then shall we be news-crammed.
Celia: All the better; we shall be the more marketable.”
William Shakespeare, As You Like It

Neil Simon
“I got brown sandwiches and green sandwiches. It's either very new cheese or very old meat. - Oscar Madison, from The Odd Couple”
Neil Simon, The Odd Couple

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