"What is always overlooked is that although the poor want to be rich, it does not follow that they either like the rich or that they in any way want to emulate their characters which, in fact, they despise. Both the poor and the rich have always found precisely the same grounds on which to complain about each other. Each feels the other has no manners, is disloyal, corrupt, insensitive--and has never put in an honest day's work in its life."
"Granted that theatre, if it was good, was a distillation of life, the two were not interchangeable. There was always exaggeration in the theatre, and necessarily insincerities gave an illusion of truth. No living people were ever so good or so bad as those who spoke the lines."
~John P. Marquand, Women and Thomas Harrow
"There's nothing more, well, naked than writing a play. If you write a book and the critics pan it, you can comfort yourself by believing that you are a misunderstood genius, but when most of an audience walks out on you after the first act, it's your own fault, and it's one of the worst in the realm of human experience." ~John P. Marquand, Women and Thomas Harrow
"For intellectual authority, the appropriate version of Descartes's cogito would be today: I am talked about, therefore I am." ~Zygmunt Bauman, The Individualised Society