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The Best Quotes About Theatre

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A list of the best theatre quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous theatre quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic theatre quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational theatre quotes from that same writer.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about theatre?" and "What are inspirational theatre quotes?"

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  • 26

    All this class of pleasures inspires me with the same nausea as I feel at the sight of rich plum-cake or sweetmeats; I prefer the driest bread of common life.

    Sydney Smith
  • 27

    A playwright is the litmus paper of the arts. He's got to be, because if he isn't working on the same wave length as the audience, no one would know what in hell he was talking about. He is a kind of psychic journalist, even when he's great.

    Arthur Miller
  • 28

    I open with a clock striking, to beget an awful attention in the audience -- it also marks the time, which is four o clock in the morning, and saves a description of the rising sun, and a great deal about gilding the eastern hemisphere.

    Richard Brinsley Sheridan
  • 29

    I think theatre should always be somewhat suspect.

    Václav Havel
  • 30

    A dramatic experience concerned with the mundane may inform but it cannot release; and one concerned essentially with the aesthetic politics of its creators may divert or anger, but it cannot enlighten.

    David Mamet
  • 31

    By whatever means it is accomplished, the prime business of a play is to arouse the passions of its audience so that by the route of passion may be opened up new relationships between a man and men, and between men and Man. Drama is akin to the other inventions of man in that it ought to help us to know more, and not merely to spend our feelings.

    Arthur Miller
  • 32

    A dramatist is one who believes that the pure event, an action involving human beings, is more arresting than any comment that can be made upon it.

    Thornton Wilder