People with honorary awards are looked upon with disfavor. Would you let an honorary mechanic fix your brand-new Mercedes?
If you can go through life without ever experiencing pain you probably haven’t been born yet. And if you’ve gone through pain and think you know exactly why, you haven’t examined all the options.
Sports is the only entertainment where, no matter how many times you go back, you still don’t know the ending.
There’s no such thing as a sure thing. That’s why they call it gambling.
Wisdom doesn’t come with age. Wisdom comes with wisdom.
Writing is an escape from a world that crowds me. I like being alone in a room. It’s almost a form of meditation—an investigation of my own life. It has nothing to do with “I’ve got to get another play.”
Don’t listen to those who say, “It’s not done that way.” Maybe it’s not, but maybe you will. Don’t listen to those who say, “You’re taking too big a chance.” Michelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor, and it would surely be rubbed out by today. Most importantly, don’t listen when the little voice of fear inside of you rears its ugly head and says, “They’re all smarter than you out there. They’re more talented, they’re taller, blonder, prettier, luckier and have connections … ” I firmly believe that if you follow a path that interests you, not to the exclusion of love, sensitivity, and cooperation with others, but with the strength of conviction that you can move others by your own efforts, and do not make success or failure the criteria by which you live, the chances are you’ll be a person worthy of your own respect.
Wondering Whom to Read Next?
- Ben Hecht American Screenwriter
- Arthur Miller American Playwright
- Eugene O’Neill American Playwright
- Lily Tomlin American Comedy Actress
- Carl Reiner American Actor
- Orson Welles American Film Director, Actor
- Truman Capote American Novelist
- Stephen Sondheim American Musician
- Cicely Tyson American Actor
- Harvey Fierstein American Actor