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American Playwright, 1905-1984
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Belief is a moral act for which the believer is to be held responsible.
Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.
Decisions, particularly important ones, have always made me sleepy, perhaps because I know that I will have to make them by instinct, and thinking things out is only what other people tell me I should do
Failure in the theater is more dramatic and uglier than any other form of writing. It costs so much, you feel so guilty.
God forgives those who invent what they need.
God helps all the children as they move into a time of life they do not understand and must struggle through with precepts they have picked from the garbage can of older people, clinging with the passion of the lost to odds and ends that will mess th
I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashion.
I like people who refuse to speak until they are ready to speak.
If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.
Intellectuals can tell themselves anything, sell themselves any bill of goods, which is why they were so often patsies for the ruling classes in nineteenth-century France and England, or twentieth-century Russia and America.
It is a mark of many famous people that they cannot part with their finest hour.
It is best to act with confidence, no matter how little right you have to it
It is not good to see people who have been pretending strength all their lives lose it even for a minute.
It may be the only country in the world where the rich are sometimes brilliant
It was an unspoken pleasure, that having come together so many years, ruined so much and repaired a little, we had endured.
Lonely people, in talking to each other can make each other lonelier.
My father was often angry when I was most like him.
Nobody outside of a baby carriage or a judge's chamber believes in an unprejudiced point of view.
Nothing you write, if you hope to be good, will ever come out as you first hoped.
People change and forget to tell each other.
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