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August Wilson Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by August Wilson.

Suffice it to say, I'm not poor.
- August Wilson

I know some things when I start.
I know, let's say, that the play is going to be a 1970s or a 1930s play,
and it's going to be about a piano, but that's it.
I slowly discover who the characters are as I go along.
- August Wilson

All you need in the world is love and laughter.
That's all anybody needs.
To have love in one hand and laughter in the other.
- August Wilson

Blacks have traditionally had to operate in a situation
where whites have set themselves up as the custodians of the black experience.
- August Wilson

 

I first got involved in theater in 1968,
at the height of a social tumult.
I was a poet.
- August Wilson

Jazz in itself is not struggling.
That is, the music itself is not struggling...
It's the attitude that's in trouble.
My plays insist that we should not forget or toss away our history.
- August Wilson

Between speeches and awards, you can find something to do every other week.
It's hard to write.
Your focus gets splintered.
Once you put one thing in your calendar,
that month is gone.
- August Wilson

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For me, the original play becomes an historical document:
This is where I was when I wrote it,
and I have to move on now to something else.
- August Wilson

As soon as white folks say a play's good,
the theater is jammed with blacks and whites.
- August Wilson

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

Why need I volumes, if one word suffice?
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The difference between what we do
and what we are capable of doing
would suffice to solve most of the world's problem.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

He who joyfully marches in rank and file
has already earned my contempt.
He has been given a large brain by mistake,
since for him the spinal cord would suffice.
- Albert Einstein

Speak out in acts; the time for words has passed,
and only deeds will suffice.
- Alfred North Whitehead

I am now a turtle.
Virtually everything I own is on my back and suffice
it to say I am one ton lighter and therefore 2,000 pounds happier.
All houses are gone.
- Bobby Darin

If written directions alone would suffice,
libraries wouldn't need to have the rest of the universities attached.
- Judith Martin

Why do people so love to wander? I think the civilized
parts of the World will suffice for me in the future.
- Mary Cassatt

It took them only an instant to cut of that head,
but it is unlikely that a hundred years will suffice
to reproduce a singular one.
- Antoine Lavoisier

Too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart.
O when may it suffice?
- William Butler Yeats

Italy, and the spring and first love all together should
suffice to make the gloomiest person happy.
- Bertrand Russell

The English Bible - a book which, if everything else
in our language should perish,
would alone suffice to show the whole extent of its beauty and power.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

Nobody understood better than Mr. Lincoln the obvious
truth that in politics it does not suffice merely to nominate candidates.
Something must also be done to elect them.
- John George Nicolay

Acting doesn't suffice.
- Rod Taylor

Blind faith, no matter how passionately expressed,
will not suffice.
Science for its part will test relentlessly every assumption
about the human condition.
- E. O. Wilson

Life is an adventure.
I can only wonder what treasure
awaits at the top of the path.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Play with life, laugh with life,
dance lightly with life,
and smile at the riddles of life,
knowing that life's only true lessons
are writ small in the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

Hate is never conquered by hate,
Hate is only conquered by love.
- The Buddha

Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

There are no facts, only interpretations.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Nothing in life is to be feared.
It is only to be understood.
- Marie Curie

We can only be said to be truly alive in those moments
when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
- Thornton Wilder

Don't hurry. Don't worry.
You're only here for a short visit.
So don't forget to stop and smell the roses.
- Walter Hagen

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

Miracles are the natural way of the Universe -
our only job is to move our doubting minds aside
and let the miracles flow.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People only see what they are prepared to see.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life only
appears to be
rushing toward us
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

For some of us, the world appears to provide
only a fixed quantity of each resource -
a limited amount of food, of money,
of love, of success, of appreciation.
For others, life is unlimited.
Their world expands with the generosity, compassion,
inventiveness, and service that they contribute.
In this world-view, money that is spent
or given away returns multiplied.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If in our daily life we can smile,
if we can be peaceful and happy,
not only we, but everyone will profit from it.
This is the most basic kind of peace work.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

Inner peace can be reached
only when we practice forgiveness ...
letting go of the past,
and correcting our misperceptions.
- Gerald Jampolsky

Friendship is born at that moment
when one person says to another,
"What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
- C. S. Lewis

We have only this moment,
sparkling like a star in our hand -
and melting like a snowflake.
- Marie B. Ray

My only reason for not experiencing bliss at this very moment
is thinking about what I don't have.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We are each of us angels with only one wing,
and we can only fly by embracing one another.
- Lucretius

Just stop it. Seriously.
Whatever it is. Just stop it.
If only for an hour, a day, a week.
Stop doing it long enough to get a glimpse
of what the change would actually look like.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
- Robert F. Kennedy

I can only wonder what treasure awaits at the top of the path.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Majority rule only works if you're also
considering individual rights,
because you can't have five wolves and one sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.
- Larry Flynt

Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

The only fool bigger than the person who knows it all
is the person who argues with him.
- Stanislaw Jerszy Lec

Love is the only force capable of
transforming an enemy into friend.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Only from the heart can you touch the sky.
- Rumi

Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition,
is not only a waste of energy
but the worst habit you could possibly have.
- Dale Carnegie

Love is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment.
It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation.
- Rabindranath Tagore

I teach one thing and one only:
that is, suffering and the end of suffering.
- The Buddha

Hate is only conquered by love.
- The Buddha

Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow...
but only empties today of its strength.
- C. H. Spurgeon

Goodness is the only investment that never fails.
- Henry David Thoreau

Forgiveness is the only way to heal
- don Miguel Ruiz

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow,
it only saps today of its joy.
- Leo Buscaglia

Know that miracles are the natural way of the Universe
Your only job is to move your doubting mind out of the way.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The essence of all religions is one.
Only their approaches are different.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Choose Inner Peace.
Nothing is worth losing your inner peace.
Take action as circumstances require,
but never surrender your inner peace.
Stop. Breathe deeply.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply again.
Then, and only then, take action -
from a peaceful heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather

Find your balance and stand with it.
Find your song and sing it out.
Find your cadence and let it appear like a dance.
Find the questions that only you know how to ask and
The answers that you are content to not know.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth;
not going all the way, and not starting.
- The Buddha

I can only have peace of mind when I forgive rather than judge.
- Gerald Jampolsky

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;
what is essential is invisible to the eye.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery


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