Wallace Shawn Quotes


I have an enormous appetite to see life as I know it presented in front of my eyes.

My style as a human being is to indulge people who need to escape yet I insist on confronting them as a playwright. It's quite embarrassing it's quite unpleasant it's quite awkward.

I was clever enough to know that John Donne was offering something that was awfully enjoyable. I just wasn't clever enough to actually enjoy it.

I probably have a higher opinion of my writing than the average person at least when I'm in a good mood but I don't really think of my plays as only being relevant to a particular month or year.

In my mind the plays I was writing were extreme examples of art for art's sake. I didn't necessarily think that other people would love them though I thought they probably would.

I spend most of my time thinking about things like laundry and buying stationery supplies.

In real life every person is the leading man or woman. We don't think of ourselves as supporting or character actors.

The life of an actor can be very enviable.

I'm a very lucky man. It's a beautiful thing for a writer to see people allowing your words to enter their own unconscious and their souls.

I have been vain since birth. I expected other people to like what I did although my vanity has definitely diminished over the years.

We're in an emergency situation. The United States has become an absolutely terrifying country and I would hope that I could participate in some way in stopping the horror and the brutality.

The actor's role in the community is quite unlike anyone else's. Businessmen for example don't take their clothes off or cry in front of strangers in the course of their work. Actors do.

Acting is an escape from the boring person that I am in real life.

The Princess Bride' is by far the most popular film I've ever done. I don't think I'll ever top it.

I am recognized a lot for Clueless but I am recognized a great deal for The Princess Bride. I dont know... maybe everybody who has seen that movie just goes out on the street.

I am recognized a lot for 'Clueless ' but I am recognized a great deal for 'The Princess Bride.' I don't know... maybe everybody who has seen that movie just goes out on the street.

Patriotism is considered to be an emotion a person ought to feel. But why? Why is it nobler to love your own country than to love someone else's?

My father was a jazz listener and I think at least before I was 5 I was not so into that. Although there were records that emphasized percussion that I liked like Baby Dodds.

I'm being mocked because I don't live up to a socially determined view of what other people think a person should look like.

Escape before it's too late.

I have been vain since birth.

But because we've all been readers we know what the experience is like and we hope that what certain writers have given to us we will give to someone.

I think the whole system of education would change if I were in charge and had the ability to make changes. I don't think I would keep Princeton exactly being Princeton.

There's nothing regular about my life at all really. I don't keep a regular schedule and every day is different. It's all rather chaotic.

It's obviously a characteristic of human beings that we like to feel superior to others but our problem is we are not superior

I grew up. I began to think the United States had some problems that really required the help of artistic people to solve. And I gave myself permission to be a writer instead of a civil servant.

Sleep: a poor substitute for caffeine!

I think I'm trying to write truthfully about life and naturalism or the way people normally talk in movies is a convention. It's not the way people talk in life at all.

I sincerely believe that if Bush and Cheney recognized the full humanity of other people's mothers around the world they wouldn't commit the crimes they commit.

I never planned to be an actor. It turned out I could make a living doing it.

In my early 20s I studied history and politics and I really thought that perhaps I would devote my life to that.

I never grew up thinking 'One day I will play so and so' because I wasn't expecting to be an actor at all.

I have more free time than a lot of individuals so instead of talking I sometimes write.

My plays have been strange from the beginning and they never got unstrange.

I don't happen to have a sense of humor personally so I don't know what's funny about a character... This happens to be a feature of my life generally.

The Fever is a one-person play. I decided I would perform it myself and I decided I would not perform it in theaters because the character in the play says certain things that I meant.

Who says one instance of writing has anything in common with another instance?

And my singing I don't think I could sing Wagner or opera but I could probably carry a tune. I was in a musical once but it was never performed.

I do things and other people laugh at them. I rarely know what the joke is supposed to be or why they're laughing.

My personal life is lived as 'me ' but my professional life is lived as other people. In other words when I go to the office I lie down dream and become 'someone else.' That's my job.

You know I haven't written as much as most other writers. Certainly maybe those who keep a more regular schedule accomplish more.

Even with my wife I find sharing soup is hard.

I don't see that many plays and for me musicals are rarely pleasing.

I was making my living from a joke about my appearance that I didn't understand and in a way still don't because when I look in a mirror it doesn't seem funny to me.

I'm not proud to be me I'm not excited to be me but I find that I am me and like most other individuals I send out little signals; I tell everyone else how everything looks from where I am.

As writers we can't predict who might come along who might find our offerings valuable.

When I was first starting to write plays I quite literally had never heard of the idea of studying playwriting. I wouldn't have studied it even if I had heard of it.

I love going to plays. There's a subconscious side to it obviously-some people like to be spanked for XYZ psychological reasons and I like to go to plays and I can't entirely explain why.

From being a writer of plays it was not that surprising that somebody thought of giving me a job as an actor. After I played one part others came along.

I don't have a television and I'm just not too up on television.