Archive for ‘plays’

2013

people

We’re actors – we’re the opposite of people.

Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (1966)

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2013

wrinkles

With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.

William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice (1596-98)

2013

the violets

The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.

Tennessee Williams, “Camino Real” (1953)

2013

sensational

I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.

Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest (1895)

2012

learning

O! This learning, what a thing it is.

William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew (1590-1592)

2012

doubts

Our doubts are traitors, / And make us lose the good we oft might win / By fearing to attempt.

William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure 1.4.77-79 (1603)

2012

without

One can be a soldier without dying, and a lover without sighing.

Sir Edwin Arnold, Adzuma (1893)

2012

experience

Experience is a brutal teacher, but you learn fast.

William Nicholson (screenwriter), “Shadowlands” (stage play) (1985)

This script was later adapted into a screenplay for a movie starring Anthony Hopkins, and the line was then changed slightly. It is often attributed to C.S. Lewis and quoted as:

Experience is a brutal teacher. But you learn. My God, you learn.

2012

be somebody

All my life, I’ve always wanted to be somebody, but I see now I should have been more specific.

Jane Wagner, “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe,”¬†¬†performed by Lily Tomlin (1985)

2012

music

In memory everything seems to happen to music.

Tennessee Williams, “The Glass Menagerie” (1944)

2012

memory and presumption

We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered.

Tom Stoppard, “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead” (1966)

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