working you into a lather


– 9 September 2013 –

Until you allow it, nothing in the world can be wonderful.You have to allow yourself to be happy; to see things as beautiful or magical; to see people as they really are. You can’t love anything or anyone until you can allow yourself to do so–and it isn’t easy for most people. Allow yourself to live; allow yourself to see how wonderful things really are. That should be the goal of everyone. We’ve gotten the goals all wrong.  ~Elizabeth Taylor

The more you do your homework, the more you’re free to be intuitive: But you’ve got to put the work in. ~Edward Norton

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it? ~Albert Einstein

One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty counsels. The thing to do is to supply light and not heat.  ~Woodrow Wilson

The momentary is simple.  It’s the long haul that gets us. ~Deborah Magid

and my current favorite

“Sound, sound the clarion, fill the fife!
Throughout the sensual world proclaim,
One crowded hour of glorious life
Is worth an age without a name.”
~Thomas Osbert Mordaunt

Why on earth would I bung a slew of quotations with no noticeable theme into a theater-related column?  Maybe because theater is ultimately about life in all its ignominy and glory, its fantasy and magic, its reimaginings.  Kitchen sink, epic, mime, you-name-it, gets made by us prosaic little human types.  So there.

Till the lion tells its story, the tale will always glorify the hunter. ~African proverb

elizabeth taylor



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