Top 10 Edward Albee Quotes

Edward Franklin Albee(March 12, 1928 – September 16, 2016) was known as one of the greatest American playwrights of his time. He is best known for his production: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolffor which he won a Tony Award for Best Play. 

Here are his top ten greatest quotes:


I failed as a poet, a novelist, a short-story writer and and as an essayist, but I was determined to be a writer. So I began writing plays.


Sometimes a person has to go a very long distance out of his way to come back a short distance correctly.

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If you are willing to fail interestingly, you tend to succeed interestingly.

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A play is a fiction and fiction is fact distilled in truth.

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Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it.

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

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All serious art is being destroyed by commerce. Most people don’t want art to be disturbing. They want it to be escapist. I don’t think art should be escapist. That’s a waste of time. 

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 Any definition which limits us is deplorable.


 Progress is a set of assumptions.

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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 hand’t lived it?

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Thank you Edward Albee!


Interesting Edward Albee Facts:

  • He won the Pulitzer Prize for A Delicate Balance, Seascape, and Three Tall Women.
  • He has written/adapted over 30 plays.
  • He was adopted.
  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? was turned into a film starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.

What are some of your favorite quotes?


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