Top 802 Quotes & Sayings by Famous Dramatists

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Every exit is an entry somewhere else.
Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.
Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain. — © Friedrich Schiller
Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain.
The only thing worse than a liar is a liar that's also a hypocrite!
Old age and treachery will always beat youth and exuberance.
Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It's beyond me.
Sometimes a person has to go a very long distance out of his way to come back a short distance correctly.
All human wisdom is summed up in two words; wait and hope.
A liar is always lavish of oaths.
Many hands make light work.
It's so easy for propaganda to work, and dissent to be mocked.
We started off trying to set up a small anarchist community, but people wouldn't obey the rules.
Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired. — © Jules Renard
Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.
Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together.
People change and forget to tell each other.
There are no secrets that time does not reveal.
It isn't so much what's on the table that matters, as what's on the chairs.
There is in every madman a misunderstood genius whose idea, shining in his head, frightened people, and for whom delirium was the only solution to the strangulation that life had prepared for him.
Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.
Fire and swords are slow engines of destruction, compared to the tongue of a Gossip.
At every crossroads on the path that leads to the future, tradition has placed 10,000 men to guard the past.
We love peace, but not peace at any price.
O, thou art fairer than the evening air clad in the beauty of a thousand stars.
Patience, the beggar's virtue, shall find no harbor here.
Obsessed by a fairy tale, we spend our lives searching for a magic door and a lost kingdom of peace.
Be nice to people on your way up because you'll meet them on your way down.
I feel more and more the time wasted that is not spent in Ireland.
The classroom should be an entrance into the world, not an escape from it.
They say in the grave there is peace, and peace and the grave are one and the same.
Those who know the least obey the best.
I think childhood is to everyone a lost land.
Hunger, revenge, to sleep are petty foes, But only death the jealous eyes can close.
Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.
He that knew all that learning ever writ, Knew only this - that he knew nothing yet.
Ambition is a lust that is never quenched, but grows more inflamed and madder by enjoyment.
Our acts our angels are, for good or ill, our fatal shadows that walk by us still.
Why can't a woman be more like a man?
Deep vengeance is the daughter of deep silence. — © Vittorio Alfieri
Deep vengeance is the daughter of deep silence.
My life is every moment of my life. It is not a culmination of the past.
No siren did ever so charm the ear of the listener as the listening ear has charmed the soul of the siren.
Men always love what is good or what they find good; it is in judging what is good that they go wrong.
All that passes is raised to the dignity of expression; all that happens is raised to the dignity of meaning. Everything is either symbol or parable.
I was fed up with the situation I found myself in in the 1960s. I didn't like being a barrister's wife and going out to dinner with other professional people and dealing with middle class life. It seemed claustrophobic.
Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.
Women never have young minds. They are born three thousand years old.
When I was born I owed twelve dollars.
My father got a trade union scholarship to Oxford; he lived and breathed politics; he was always watching current-affairs programmes. But I have a five-year-old child's attitude towards the news. Mainly, that it absolutely turns me off.
The glories of our blood and state, Are shadows, not substantial things; There is no armour against fate, Death lays his icy hand on kings. Scepter and crown must tumble down, And, in the dust, be equal made With the poor crooked scythe and spade.
Oh eyes, no eyes, but fountains fraught with tears; O life, no life, but lively form of death; Oh world, no world, but mass of public wrongs. — © Thomas Kyd
Oh eyes, no eyes, but fountains fraught with tears; O life, no life, but lively form of death; Oh world, no world, but mass of public wrongs.
So she went into the garden to cut a cabbage-leaf, to make an apple-pie; and at the same time a great she-bear, coming up the street, pops its head into the shop. 'What! no soap?' So he died, and she very imprudently married the barber.
Pity's akin to love; and every thought Of that soft kind is welcome to my soul.
Women do act their part when they do make their ordered houses know them.
Affliction is the wholesome soil of virtue, where patience, honor, sweet humility, and calm fortitude, take root and strongly flourish.
I had grandparents who were native Irish speakers, and also, two of the four grandparents were illiterate.
Beauty, strength, youth, are flowers but fading seen; Duty, faith, love, are roots, and ever green.
Tell me not of joy: there's none Now my little sparrow's gone; He, just as you, Would toy and woo, He would chirp and flatter me, He would hang the wing awhile, Till at length he saw me smile, Lord! how sullen he would be!
You are as welcome as the flowers in May.
Words may be false and full of art; Sighs are the natural language of the heart.
Next to coming to a good understanding with a new mistress, I love a quarrel with an old one.
I shine in tears like the sun in April.
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