The tragic right is a condition of life, a condition in which the human personality is able to flower and realize itself. The wrong is the condition which suppresses man, perverts the flowing out of his love and creative instinct. Tragedy enlightens-and it must, in that it points the heroic finger at the enemy of man’s freedom. The thrust for freedom is the quality in tragedy which exalts. The revolutionary questioning of the stable environment is what terrifies.
I know you’re no worse than most men but I thought you were better. I never saw you as a man. I saw you as my father.
Everything influences playwrights. A playwright who isn’t influenced is never of any use.
I realized what a ridiculous lie my whole life has been..
The only thing you got in this world is what you can sell. And the funny thing is that you’re a salesman, and you don’t know that.
He’s a man way out there in the blue, riding on a smile and a shoeshine. And when they start not smiling back–that’s an earthquake. And then you get a couple of spots on your hat, and you’re finished.
You want somethin’ else, Eddie, and you can never have her!
I’ll tell u boys it’s tough to be alone,
and it’s tough to love a doll that’s not ur own.
Most of the time now we settle for half and I like it better. But the truth is holy, and even as I known how wrong he was, and his death useless, I tremble, for I confess that something perversely pure calls to me from his memory- not purely good, but himself purely, for he allowed himself to be wholly known and for that I think I will love him more than all my sensible clients. And yet, it is better to settle for half, it must be! And so I mourn him- I admit -with a certain… alarm.
When I was seventeen I walked into the jungle, and when I was twenty-one I walked out. And by God I was rich.