Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it. A good writer turns fact into truth; a bad writer will, more often than not, accomplish the opposite.
Saturday Review (4 May 1966)
What I wanted to get at is the value difference between pornographic playing-cards when you're a kid, and pornographic playing-cards when you're older. It's that when you're a kid you use the cards as a substitute for a real experience, and when you're older you use real experience as a substitute for the fantasy.Edward AlbeeThe Zoo Story (1959).
I have a fine sense of the ridiculous, but no sense of humour.Edward AlbeeWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1961)
You gotta have a swine to show you where the truffles are.Edward AlbeeWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1961)
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 AlbeeOn his play Tiny Alice, in National Observer (5 April 1965)
I'm not suggesting that the play is without fault; all of my plays are imperfect, I'm rather happy to say — it leaves me something to do.Edward AlbeeOn his play Tiny Alice, in National Observer (5 April 1965)
A play is fiction — and fiction is fact distilled into truth.Edward AlbeeThe New York Times (18 September 1966)
Your source material is the people you know, not those you don't know, [but] every character is an extension of the author's own personality.Edward AlbeeThe New York Times (18 September 1966)
American critics are like American universities. They both have dull and half-dead faculties.Edward AlbeeAddress to New York Cultural League (6 May 1969)
Q: Do you find quite a difference between the audience at large and the critics as a group?A: Well, one is a group of human beings, one is not.Edward Albee"Edward Albee : An Interview", in Edward Albee : Planned Wilderness (1980) edited by Patricia De La Fuente, p. 7; a paraphrased form of this statement has often been quoted as "The difference between critics and audiences is that one is a group of humans and one is not."
If Attila the Hun were alive today, he'd be a drama critic.Edward AlbeeAs quoted in Theater Week (1988); also in The Book of Poisonous Quotes (1993) edited by Colin Jarman, p. 100
I created myself, and I'll attack anybody I feel like.Edward AlbeeShoptalk: Conversations About Theater and Film with Twelve Writers, One Producer — and Tennessee Williams' Mother by Dennis Brown (1993), Ch. 6 : A Certain Amount of Spleen, p. 121
Do you know what a playwright is? A playwright is someone who lets his guts hang out on the stage.Edward AlbeeShoptalk: Conversations About Theater and Film with Twelve Writers, One Producer — and Tennessee Williams' Mother by Dennis Brown (1993), Ch. 6 : A Certain Amount of Spleen, p. 122
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 AlbeeAs quoted in Unleashing Intellectual Capital (2000) by Charles Ehin, p. 99
The only time I'll get good reviews is if I kill myself.Edward AlbeeAs quoted in a review of "The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? in Broadway Yearbook 2001-2002 (2003) by Steven Suskin, p. 195
A play is fiction - and fiction is fact distilled into truth.Edward AlbeeReported in James Beasley Simpson (1998). Simpson's contemporary quotations: The Most Notable Quotes Since 1950. Houghton Mifflin, p. 398. ISBN 0395430852.
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