35 Inspirational Edward Albee Quotes On Success

35 Inspirational Edward Albee Quotes On Success

Edward Franklin Albee III was an American playwright known for works such as The Zoo Story (1958), The Sandbox (1959), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1962), A Delicate Balance (1966), and Three Tall Women (1994). Some critics have argued that some of his work constitutes an American variant of what Martin Esslin identified and named the Theater of the Absurd. Three of his plays won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and two of his other works won the Tony Award for Best Play. May these Edward Albee Quotes On Success inspire you to take action so that you may live your dreams.

1. “Why we are here is an impenetrable question.” Edward Albee

2. “That’s the happiest moment. When it’s all done. When we stop. When we can stop.” Edward Albee

3. “Sincerity doesn’t mean anything. A person can be sincere and be more destructive than a person who is insincere.” Edward Albee

4. “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.” Edward Albee

5. “I don’t like symbolism that hits you over the head. A symbol should not be a cymbal.” Edward Albee

6. “You’re alive only once, as far as we know, and what could be worse than getting to the end of your life and realizing you hadn’t lived it?” Edward Albee

7. “What people really want in the theater is fantasy involvement and not reality involvement.” Edward Albee

8. “Art has an obligation to offend.” Edward Albee

9. “I don’t feel that catharsis in a play necessarily takes place during the course of a play. Often it should take place afterward.” Edward Albee

10. “Good writers define reality, bad ones merely restate it.” Edward Albee

11. “I write to find out what I’m talking about.” Edward Albee

12. “Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf means who’s afraid of the big bad wolf, who’s afraid of living life without false illusions.” Edward Albee

13. “School curricula that ignore the arts produce highly educated Barbarians.” Edward Albee

14. “What I mean by an educated taste is someone who has the same tastes that I have.” Edward Albee

15. “Creativity is magic. Don’t examine it too closely.” Edward Albee

16. “In a democracy you cannot stop public access to that art that will most misinform the people. You cannot stop people from being misinformed. But what you can do is to educate the people to the point that they will throw the rascals out.” Edward Albee

17. “It is not enough to hold the line against the dark. It is your responsibility to lead into the light. People don’t like the light–it reveals too much. But hand in hand with the creative artist, you can lead people into the wisdom that is known to all other animals: simply, that it is the dark we have to fear.” Edward Albee

18. “If you’re willing to fail interestingly, you tend to succeed interestingly.” Edward Albee

19. “There are only two things to write about: life and death.” Edward Albee

20. “A play is fiction and fiction is fact distilled into truth.” Edward Albee

21. “I think we should all live on the precipe of life, as fully and as dangerously as possible. Everyone should make the assumption that they’re going through life only once. Tomorrow we die. Why not take chances, extend yourself? How awful it is when a person comes to the end of life full of regret.” Edward Albee

22. “I created myself, and I’ll attack anybody I feel like.” Edward Albee

23. “A playwright has a responsibility in his society not to aid it, or comfort it, but to comment and criticize it.” Edward Albee

24. “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.” Edward Albee

25. “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.” Edward Albee

26. “If you have no wounds, how can you know if you’re alive?” Edward Albee

27. “The condition of the theater is always an accurate measure of the cultural health of a nation. A play always exists in the present tense (if it is a valuable one), and its music — its special noise — is always contemporary. The most valuable function of the theater as an art form is to tell us who we are, and the health of the theater is determined by how much of that we want to know.” Edward Albee

28. “The function of art is to bring people into greater touch with reality, and yet our movie houses and family rooms are jammed with people after as much reality-removal as they can get.” Edward Albee

29. “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.” Edward Albee

30. “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.” Edward Albee

31. “I am sick of the disparity between things as they are and as they should be. I’m tired. I’m tired of the truth and I’m tired of lying about the truth.” Edward Albee

32. “I think I was probably wondering, having looked at human beings for a long time, wondering if evolution ever took place. And I still have my doubts.” Edward Albee

33. “Writing has got to be an act of discovery. Finding out things about what one is writing about.” Edward Albee

34. “Sometimes it’s necessary to go a long distance out of the way in order to come back a short distance correctly.” Edward Albee

35. “You gotta have swine to show you where the truffles are.” Edward Albee

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