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William ShakespeareAll the world 's a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts.

—  William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English poet & playwright ‐ As You Like It

George Bernard ShawThe quality of a play is the quality of its ideas.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Oscar WildeThe world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Francis BaconBut men must know that in this theater of man's life it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers on.

—  Francis Bacon, 1561-1626, English philosopher

Jean AnouilhA good actor must never be in love with anyone but himself.

—  Jean Anouilh, 1910-1987, French playwright

Jean CocteauIn Paris, everybody wants to be an actor; nobody is content to be a spectator.

—  Jean Cocteau, 1889-1963, French artist

T. S. EliotPlaywriting gets into your blood and you can't stop it. At least not until the producers or the public tell you to.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

Eugene IonescoAll the plays that have ever been written, from ancient Greece to the present day, have never really been anything but thrillers... Every play's an investigation brought to a successful conclusion.

—  Eugene Ionesco, 1912-1994, French-Romanian playwright

Anton ChekhovIf there's a gun on the wall in act one, scene one, you must fire the gun by act three, scene two. If you fire a gun in act three, scene two, you must see the gun on the wall in act one, scene one.

—  Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian writer


Funny Quotes

George CarlinIf all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting?

—  George Carlin, 1936-2008, American comedian

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