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What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it's curved like a road through mountains.
We all live in a house on fire, no fire department to call; no way out, just the upstairs window to look out of while the fire burns the house down with us trapped, locked in it.
Some mystery should be left in the revelation of character in a play, just as a great deal of mystery is always left in the revelation of character in life, even in one's own character to himself.
Hell is yourself and the only redemption is when a person puts himself aside to feel deeply for another person.
Success is blocked by concentrating on it and planning for it… Success is shy - it won't come out while you're watching.
Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going.
The future is called 'perhaps', which is the only possible thing to call the future. And the important thing is not to allow that to scare you.
All your Western theologies, the whole mythology of them, are based on the concept of God as a senile delinquent.
I have found it easier to identify with the characters who verge upon hysteria, who were frightened of life, who were desperate to reach out to another person. But these seemingly fragile people are the strong people really.
A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.
I have always been pushed by the negative. The apparent failure of a play sends me back to my typewriter that very night, before the reviews are out. I am more compelled to get back to work than if I had a success.
Life is an unanswered question, but let's still believe in the dignity and importance of the question.
Once you fully apprehend the vacuity of a life without struggle, you are equipped with the basic means of salvation.
The strongest influences in my life and my work are always whomever I love. Whomever I love and am with most of the time, or whomever I remember most vividly. I think that's true of everyone, don't you?
Oh, you weak, beautiful people who give up with such grace. What you need is someone to take hold of you - gently, with love, and hand your life back to you.
Luxury is the wolf at the door and its fangs are the vanities and conceits germinated by success. When an artist learns this, he knows where the danger is.
If I am no longer disturbed myself, I will deal less with disturbed people, but I don't regret having concerned myself with them because I think most of us are disturbed.
Most of the confidence which I appear to feel, especially when influenced by noon wine, is only a pretense.