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Franz Grillparzer Quotes and Sayings
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When the theater gates open, a mob pours inside,
and it is the poet's task to turn it into an audience.
- Franz Grillparzer

Although your knowledge is weak and small,
you need not be silent: since you cannot be judges be at least witnesses.
- Franz Grillparzer

If we notice a few errors in the work of a proven master,
we may and even will often be correct;
if we believe,
however, that he is completely and utterly mistaken,
we are in danger of missing his entire concept.
- Franz Grillparzer

Without a notion of the transcendental,
human beings would, indeed, be animals;
however,
only fools can be convinced of it, and only degenerates need such a conviction.
- Franz Grillparzer

 

No one will stop to help you when you are in need,
but everyone forces opinions upon you that you do not require.
- Franz Grillparzer

To declaim freedom verses seems like a poem within a poem;
freedom requires guns,
it requires arms, but no feet.
- Franz Grillparzer

The uneducated person perceives only the individual phenomenon,
the partly educated person the rule,
and the educated person the exception.
- Franz Grillparzer

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I look around me and nowhere do I see a stamp of disapproval
with which nature marked a woman's candid brow.
- Franz Grillparzer

The ideas of an age are most abundant where they are
not crowded by original ideas.
- Franz Grillparzer

Progress will always have as its recourse to exaggerate what it cannot surpass.
- Franz Grillparzer

This searching and doubting and vacillating where nothing
is clear but the arrogance of quest.
I, too, had such noble ideas when I was still a boy.
- Franz Grillparzer

Whoever places his trust into a system will soon be without a home.
While you are building your third story,
the two lower ones have already been dismantled.
- Franz Grillparzer

Drink and be thankful to the host!
What seems insignificant when you have it,
is important when you need it.
- Franz Grillparzer

Ideas are not thoughts; the thought respects the boundaries
that the idea ignores thereby failing to realize itself.
- Franz Grillparzer

Before passing different laws for different people,
I'd relinquish myself unto you as your slave.
- Franz Grillparzer

Those who want to row on the ocean of human knowledge do not get far,
and the storm drives those out of their course who set sail.
- Franz Grillparzer

Poetry, it is often said and loudly so,
is life's true mirror.
But a monkey looking into a work of literature looks in vain for Socrates.
- Franz Grillparzer

There shall be no slave in your home,
male or female: Least of all the mother of your son.
- Franz Grillparzer

To test a modest man's modesty do not investigate if he ignores applause,
find out if he abides criticism.
- Franz Grillparzer

No shortcomings of other people cause us to be more
intolerant than those which are caricatures of our own.
- Franz Grillparzer

Science and art, or by the same token,
poetry and prose differ from one another like a journey and an excursion.
The purpose of the journey is its goal,
the purpose of an excursion is the process.
- Franz Grillparzer

Genius unrefined resembles a flash of lightning,
but wisdom is like the sun.
- Franz Grillparzer

It's the misfortune of German authors that not a single
one of them dares to expose his true character.
Everyone thinks that he has to be better than he is.
- Franz Grillparzer

The main reason why men and women make different aesthetic
judgments is the fact that the latter,
generally incapable of abstraction, only admire what
meets their complete approval.
- Franz Grillparzer

You even called me stupid in your verse,
and I'm almost agreeing, for where stupidity is involved,
you are quite an expert, friend.
- Franz Grillparzer

Prose talks and poetry sings.
- Franz Grillparzer

Mankind is getting smarter every day.
Actually, it only seems so.
At least we are making progress.
We're progressing, to be sure, ever more deeply into the forest.
- Franz Grillparzer

If someone were to think that trees are made to support the sky,
they would all seem too short.
- Franz Grillparzer

Boxing has become America's tragic theater.
- Joyce Carol Oates

I'm married to the theater but my mistress is the films.
- Oskar Werner

I was obsessed with romance.
When I was in high school, I saw 'Doctor Zhivago' every
day from the day it opened until the day it left the theater.
- John Hughes

People who are powerless make an open theater of violence.
- Don DeLillo

When I was about seven, I started touring the globe
as part of New York's La MaMa theater company -
without my parents!
- Diane Lane

People whose understanding and taste in literature,
painting, and music are beyond question are,
for the most part, ignorant of what is good or bad art in the theater.
- Minnie Maddern Fiske

I love doing theater so much - being in front of an
audience and seeing how a character grows and develops with every performance.
- Jerry Hall

Work in the theater sharpened my verse and my cinema.
- James Broughton

What I'd really like to do is do a film or two a year
and then do theater in New York the rest of the year.
- Piper Perabo

We film in front of a live audience,
and I was a theater actor before I got into television,
so I like that.
- Jillian Bach

If you really want to help the American theater,
don't be an actress, dahling.
Be an audience.
- Tallulah Bankhead

I wouldn't say anything I ever did in film would be
something I'd use the word proud about.
I've done better work in the theater.
- John Malkovich

Theater is not to make a living, so I don't have the money pressure.
- Dianne Wiest

I am both proud and honored to be on the Board of Directors
for the Texas Ballet Theater.
- Janine Turner

As soon as I read that, it clicked: that's my theater of war.
It was exciting to think that I could write about World
War Two from a totally new place.
- Michael Chabon

Don't forget the prices are so high in theater;
it isn't really where a young person can go on a date
and buy two tickets and take someone out anymore.
- Estelle Parsons

I absolutely want to have a career where you make'em laugh and make'em cry.
It's all theater.
- Jim Carrey

Every time I go to the theater, there's something about the atmosphere,
seeing something unfold live in front of an audience,
that you can't get out of your system.
- John Madden

I think now that the great thing is not so much the
formulation of an answer for myself,
for the theater, or the play-but rather the most accurate
possible statement of the problem.
- Arthur Miller

I've made six films since I made Secrets and Lies but
I still live in London and I'd love to do theater.
- Brenda Blethyn

I had a toy theater and a magic lantern,
and when I was eight I built a stage for theatricals in the attic.
- James Broughton

Because I wanted to have a place that I could create
everything that I that I never had as a child.
So, you see rides.
You see animals.
There's a movie theater.
- Michael Jackson

I am married to the theater, and the films are only my mistress.
- Oskar Werner

They would have been very let down if they had to leave
the theater and he had missed.
He would feel badly.
Everyone would feel badly.
But he never let them down.
- James Randi

I had an interest, for as long as I could remember,
in theater.
- Antoinette Perry

Sondheim is the Shakespeare of the musical theater world.
- Mandy Patinkin

I was a ballet dancer and that kind of bled into musical theater.
I was constantly in rehearsal for one thing or another.
- Jennifer Garner

The primary function of a theater is not to please itself,
or even to please its audience.
It is to serve talent.
- Robert Brustein

The thing that I had saved up for myself and wanted
most to bring off was a fully fledged professional
production of Hamlet at the Royal Shakespeare Theater in Stratford.
- Trevor Nunn

I made theater very important in the beginning of my career.
- Marcello Mastroianni

Look at the darkest hit musicals - Cabaret,
West Side Story, Carousel - they are exuberant experiences.
They send you out of the theater filled with music.
- John Lithgow

Well, first of all I'll say that I come alive best in theater.
- Wole Soyinka

I believe that in a great city, or even in a small city or a village,
a great theater is the outward and visible sign of
an inward and probable culture.
- Laurence Olivier

I didn't think that a career in theater was very realistic
so I thought the only thing I could make money doing
and still be somewhat artistic was,
god help me, advertising.
- Liev Schreiber

Film actors reach a certain level, but they don't get
beyond it unless they work in the theater.
- Shirley Knight

I trained as a theater actor and you had a bare stage and you had to pretend,
one prop and you are in the middle of 8th Ave.
and traffic is just going by.
- Benicio Del Toro

I might be doing a lot more theater,
which is kind of what I love,
but there's simply no time for.
- Erika Slezak

Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater.
- Roman Polanski

The atmosphere of the theater is my oxygen.
- Placido Domingo

Getting work in theater has always been sort of cyclical.
- Estelle Parsons

Theater is a verb before it is a noun,
an act before it is a place.
- Martha Graham

If I have to, I'll go and direct theater and talk till the cows come home.
- Ridley Scott

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


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