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Edward Albee 1928-2016

His Own Words

“To all of you who have made my being alive so wonderful,

so exciting and so full, my thanks and all my love.”

(Edward's note to be read following his death.)

 “All of my plays are about people missing the boat, closing down too young,

coming to the end of their lives with regret at things not done.”

“I don't mind people having false illusions as long as they know that they're false.

If people want to kid themselves, it's important that they know that they're kidding themselves.

Life is too short to take the middle ground.”

“If you have no wounds, how can you know if you're alive?”

“Do you know what a playwright is? A playwright is someone who lets his guts hang out on the stage.”

“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.

“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.”

“You're alive only once, as far as we know, and what could be worse than

getting to the end of your life and realizing you hadn't lived it?”

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