The trade of critic, in literature, music, and the drama, is the most degraded of all tradesÓ
Drama is action, sir, action and not confounded philosophy.
A talent for drama is not a talent for writing, but is an ability to articulate human relationships.
A great biography should, like the close of a great drama, leave behind it a feeling of serenity. We collect into a small bunch the flowers, the few flowers, which brought sweetness into a life, and present it as an offering to an accomplished destiny. It is the dying refrain of a completed song, the final verse of a finished poem.
The trade of critic, in literature, music, and the drama, is the most degraded of all trades
I try to bring the audience's own drama - tears and laughter they know about - to them.
The drama is not a mere copy of nature, not a facsimile. It is the free running hand of genius, under the impression of its liveliest wit or most passionate impulses, a thousand times adorning or feeling all as it goes; and you must read it, as the healthy instinct of audiences almost always does, if the critics will let them alone, with a grain of allowance, and a tendency to go away with as much of it for use as is necessary, and the rest for the luxury of laughter, pity, or poetical admiration.
The business of the dramatist is to keep himself out of sight, and to let nothing appear but his characters. As soon as he attracts notice to his personal feelings, the illusion is broken.
By whatever means it is accomplished, the prime business of a play is to arouse the passions of its audience so that by the route of passion may be opened up new relationships between a man and men, and between men and Man. Drama is akin to the other inventions of man in that it ought to help us to know more and not merely to spend our feelings.
When you make a drama, you spend all day beating a guy to death with a hammer, or what have you. Or, you have to take a bite out of somebody's face. On the other hand, with a comedy, you yell at Billy Crystal for an hour, and you go home.
Baseball is drama with an endless run and an ever-changing cast.
Drama is based on the Mistake. I think someone is my friend when he really is my enemy, that I am free to marry a woman when in fact she is my mother, that this person is a chambermaid when it is a young nobleman in disguise, that this well-dressed young man is rich when he is really a penniless adventurer, or that if I do this such and such a result will follow when in fact it results in something very different. All good drama has two movements, first the making of the mistake, then the discovery that it was a mistake.
In a drama of the highest order there is little food for censure or hatred; it teaches rather self-knowledge and self-respect.
We respond to a drama to that extent to which it corresponds to our dreamlife.
A good drama critic is one who perceives what is happening in the theatre of his time. A great drama critic also perceives what is not happening.
If there's not drama and negativity in my life, all my songs will be really wack and boring or something.
This used to be about sex. The literature of my people was pornography, filled with cries for mercy, drama enacted on people without prolonged negotiation, partners engaged in a dance in the middle of a bonfire. Now, it's 300-page manuals about how to make sure nothing bad will happen.
I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.
Never trust a pretty girl with an ugly secret.
Love means never having to say you're sorry.
When he kisses me again, the last part of me that could stand myself dies.
Your mother won a special reward, she told me, because everyone had a head in her pictures. We all applauded.
The stage is a magic circle where only the most real things happen, a neutral territory outside the jurisdiction of Fate where stars may be crossed with impunity. A truer and more real place does not exist in all the universe.
People viewed this also viewedActing Quotes
Alfred Hitchcock Quotes
Bill Watterson Quotes
Gore Vidal Quotes
Robert Aris Willmott Quotes
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quotes
William Shakespeare Quotes
Interesting ReadsBooks About Drama
Related QuotesQuotes with Keyword Drama