For those not familiar with this series: I extrapolate quotations from those who influence me strongly to apply to playwrighting and theater. And life.
[On today’s emphasis on ‘relevant’ work] I lay no claim to advancing scientific data other than advancing flying knowledge. I can only say that I do it because I want to.
[On playwrighting] In soloing – as in other activities – it is far easier to start something than it is to finish it.
[On etiquette] Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn’t be done.
[On the very small odds of getting a production] Please know that I am aware of the hazards. I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be a challenge to others.
[On getting anything done] The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.
[On Martha Stewart] Women must pay for everything. They do get more glory than men for comparable feats, but, they also get more notoriety when they crash.
[On getting anything done] Worry retards reaction and makes clear-cut decisions impossible.
[On 50/50 in 2020] One of my favorite phobias is that girls, especially those whose tastes aren’t routine, often don’t get a fair break… It has come down through the generations, an inheritance of age-old customs which produced the corollary that women are bred to timidity.
[On success] The woman who can create her own job is the woman who will win fame and fortune.
[On living with yourself] Anticipation, I suppose, sometimes exceeds realization.
[On being all that you can be] The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one’s appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship.
[On getting through] In my life I had come to realize that when things were going very well indeed it was just the time to anticipate trouble. And, conversely, I learned from pleasant experience that at the most despairing crisis, when all looked sour beyond words, some delightful break was apt to lurk just around the corner.
[On getting anything done (do you notice a trend, here?)] Preparation, I have often said, is rightly two-thirds of any venture.
[On how to live] No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.
And my current favorite: Adventure is worthwhile in itself.