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 Woolf? for 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.
If you are willing to fail interestingly, you tend to succeed interestingly.
A play is a fiction and fiction is fact distilled in truth.
Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it.
Do you know what a playwright is? A playwright is someone who lets his guts hang out on the stage.
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.
Any definition which limits us is deplorable.
Progress is a set of assumptions.
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?
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?