The freedom to fail is vital if you're going to succeed. Most successful people fail from time to time, and it is a measure of their strength that failure merely propels them into some new attempt at success.
The theatre is supremely fitted to say: Behold! These things are. Yet most dramatists employ it to say: This moral truth can be learned from beholding this action.
Reviewers...must normally function as huff-and-puff artists blowing laggard theatergoers stageward.
Walter Kerr, Statement quoted in
Nature, in her most dazzling aspects or stupendous parts, is but the background and theater of the tragedy of man.
No theater could sanely flourish until there was an umbilical connection between what was happening on the stage and what was happening in the world.
Kenneth Tynan, Recalled on his d
I would just like to mention Robert Houdin who in the eighteenth century invented the vanishing birdcage trick and the theater matinee - may he rot and perish. Good afternoon.
The unencumbered stage encourages the truth operative in everyone. The less seen, the more heard. The eye is the enemy of the ear in real drama.
Many plays, certainly mine, are like blank cheques. The actors and directors put their own signatures on them.
We live in what is, but we find 1,000 ways not to face it. Great theatre strengthens our faculty to face it.
Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two.
Technology is not an image of the world but a way of operating on reality. The nihilism of technology lies not only in the fact that it is the most perfect expression of the will to power... but also in the fact that it lacks meaning.
Modern man likes to pretend that his thinking is wide-awake. But this wide-awake thinking has led us into the mazes of a nightmare in which the torture chambers are endlessly repeated in the mirrors of reason.
We are condemned to kill time, thus we die bit by bit.
Writers, you know, are the beggars of Western society.
Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.
Nothing can be more obvious than that all animals were created solely and exclusively for the use of man.
Thomas Love Peacock
I never failed to convince an audience that the best thing they could do was to go away.
A book that furnishes no quotations is no book -- it is a plaything.
Marriage may often be a stormy lake, but celibacy is almost always a muddy horse pond.
The waste of plenty is the resource of scarcity.
Cushion the painful effects of hard blows by keeping the enthusiasm going strong, even if doing so requires struggle.
Norman Vincent Peale
Part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles, but in avoiding them. A masterly retreat is in itself a victory.
Believe you are defeated, believe it long enough, and it is likely to become a fact.
The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.
When you become detached mentally from yourself and concentrate on helping other people with their difficulties, you will be able to cope with your own more effectively. Somehow, the act of self-giving is a personal power-releasing factor.
In every difficult situation is potential value. Believe this, then begin looking for it.
Enthusiasm releases the drive to carry you over obstacles and adds significance to all you do.
Your enthusiasm will be infectious, stimulating and attractive to others. They will love you for it. They will go for you and with you.
There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.
We tend to get what we expect.
If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations, you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal.
One of the greatest moments in anybody's developing experience is when he no longer tries to hide from himself but determines to get acquainted with himself as he really is.
Our happiness depends on the habit of mind we cultivate. So practice happy thinking every day. Cultivate the merry heart, develop the happiness habit, and life will become a continual feast.
Once we roared like lions for liberty; now we bleat like sheep for security! The solution for America's problem is not in terms of big government, but it is in big men over whom nobody stands in control but God.
You can have peace of mind, improved health and an ever-increasing flow of energy. Life can be full of joy and satisfaction.
Getting people to like you is merely the other side of liking them.
Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven't half the strength you think they have.
Watch your manner of speech if you wish to develop a peaceful state of mind. Start each day by affirming peaceful, contented and happy attitudes and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful.
Lots of people limit their possibilities by giving up easily. Never tell yourself this is too much for me. It's no use. I can't go on. If you do you're licked, and by your own thinking too. Keep believing and keep on keeping on.
Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan.
Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities -- always see them, for they're always there.
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