An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





If there is a species which is more maltreated than children, then it must be their toys, which they handle in an incredibly off-hand manner. Toys are thus the end point in that long chain in which all the conditions of despotic high-handedness are in play which enchain beings one to another, from one species to another -- cruel divinities to their sacrificial victims, from masters to slaves, from adults to children, and from children to their objects.


Jean Baudrillard (French postmodern philosopher, writer)


To others we are not ourselves but a performer in their lives cast for a part we do not even know that we are playing.


Elizabeth Bibesco


The New York playgoer is a child of nature, and he has an honest and wholesome regard of whatever is atrocious in art.


Frank Moore Colby (1865-1925, American editor, essayist)


I'll play with it first and tell you what it is later.


Bette Davis (1908-1989, American actress, producer)


A play should give you something to think about. When I see a play and understand it the first time, then I know it can't be much good.


T. S. Eliot (1888-1965, American-born British poet, critic)


Life isn't all beer and skittles, but beer and skittles, or something better of the same sort, must form a good part of every Englishman's education.


Thomas Hughes (1822-1896, British author)


The number of people that will not go to a show they don't want to see is unlimited.


Oscar Hammerstein (1846-1919, German theatrical impresario)


One can play comedy, two are required for melodrama, but a tragedy demands three.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


Play needs direction as well as work.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


Playing Shakespeare is really tiring. You never get to sit down, unless you're the king.


Josephine Hull


Life must be filled up, and the man who is not capable of intellectual pleasures must content himself with such as his senses can afford.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


The last act crowns the play.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


If all the year were playing holidays, to sport would be as tedious as to work.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


In order to fully realize how bad a popular play can be, it is necessary to see it twice.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


My method is to take the utmost trouble to find the right thing to say, and then to say it with the utmost levity.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


We do not stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.


Author Unknown


The play was a great success, but the audience was a disaster.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


A play visibly represents pure existing.


Thornton Wilder (1897-1975, American novelist, playwright)


Many plays are like blank checks. The actors and directors put their own signatures on them.


Thornton Wilder (1897-1975, American novelist, playwright)


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