Edward Albee quote

"Im not suggesting that the play is without fault; all of my plays are imperfect, Im rather happy to say-it leaves me something to do."

Edward Albee

Born: March 12, 1928

Die: September 16, 2016

Occupation: Playwright

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Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it. A good writer turns fact into truth; a bad writer will, more often than not, accomplish the opposite.

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

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People often ask me how long it takes me to write a play, and I tell them 'all of my life.'

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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.

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When a critic sets himself up as an arbiter of morality, a judge of the matter and not the manner of a work, he is no longer a critic; he is a censor.

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

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Why we are here is an impenetrable question.

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When a play enters my consciousness, is already a fairly well-developed fetus. I don't put down a word until the play seems ready to be written.

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The difference between critics and audiences is that one is a group of humans and one is not.

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The arts are the only things that separate us from the other animals. The arts are not decorative. ... They are essential to our comprehension of consciousness and ourselves.

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The thing that makes a creative person is to be creative and that is all there is to it.

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

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You want to dance with me, angel tits?

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You...you've been here quite a long time, haven't you?" What? Oh...yes. Ever since I married What's-her-name. Uh, Martha. Even before that. Forever. Dashed hopes, and good intentions. Good, better, best,...

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Read the great stuff, but read the stuff that isn't so great, too. Great stuff is very discouraging. If you read only Beckett and Chekhov, you'll go away and only deliver telegrams for Western Union.

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

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Progress is a set of assumptions.

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Every monster was a man first.

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

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Few sensible authors are happy discussing the creative process--it is, after all, black magic.

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One must let the play happen to one; one must let the mind loose to respond as it will, to receive impressions, to sense rather than know, to gather rather than immediately understand.

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Martha: Truth or illusion, George; you don't know the difference. George: No, but we must carry on as though we did. Martha: Amen.

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Martha: Oh, I like your anger. I think that's what I like about you most. Your anger.

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Writing should be useful. If it can't instruct people a little bit more about the responsibilities of consciousness there's no point in doing it.

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

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All serious art is being destroyed by commerce. Most people don't want art to be disturbing. They want it to be escapist. I don't think art should be escapist. That's a waste of time.

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Any definition which limits us is deplorable.

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Do you know what a playwright is? A playwright is someone who lets his guts hang out on the stage.

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

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Your source material is the people you know, not those you don't know, but every character is an extension of the author's own personality.

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