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Black Comedy is a farce that is played in the dark,
by Peter Shaffer

Black Comedy is a farce that is played in the dark,
as you know, with the lights full on.
It's the Chinese convention of reversing light and dark,
and exactly where anybody is at any given moment is the play.
- Peter Shaffer

Passion, you see, can be destroyed by a doctor.
It cannot be created.
- Peter Shaffer

Everything we feel is made of Time.
All the beauties of life are shaped by it.
- Peter Shaffer

It's an extraordinary thing about Mozart is that you never tire of him...
he never bores me, and he doesn't...
not only bore me, that's too strong a word.
- Peter Shaffer

 

I was born in Liverpool in England, and I lived there
for the first nine years of my life.
- Peter Shaffer

If London is a watercolor, New York is an oil painting.
- Peter Shaffer

Rehearsing a play is making the word flesh.
Publishing a play is reversing the process.
- Peter Shaffer

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My actual childhood, as opposed to my adolescence,
was not spent in London.
- Peter Shaffer

Tragedy, for me, is not a conflict between right and wrong,
but between two different kinds of right.
- Peter Shaffer

And in fact, I think one of the best guides to telling you who you are,
and I think children use it all the time for this purpose,
is fantasy.
- Peter Shaffer

Librarians as a race tend to be tedious.
- Peter Shaffer

But the first published thing I did was a detective story,
detective novel, and I did that on my own.
- Peter Shaffer

I think possibly the first film that has music as its leading character.
- Peter Shaffer

I was an accomplice in my own frustration.
- Peter Shaffer

You never quite know what's going to strike your imagination,
or something that won't going to leave you alone,
not going to leave alone, and this was one for me.
- Peter Shaffer

I really believe that studying organization,
even in the form of studying detective story organization,
is very, very valuable for a playwright,
a budding playwright.
- Peter Shaffer

Watching Italian opera, all those male sopranos screeching,
stupid fat couples rolling their eyes about.
That's not love, it's just rubbish.
- Peter Shaffer

You can't always let people do their own thing.
- Peter Shaffer

I think plays, like books, are endemic.
They grow out of the soil of the writer and the place he's writing about.
I think, you just can't move them about,
you know.
- Peter Shaffer

I think people nowadays do tend to blame their parents for everything.
- Peter Shaffer

I think I did have fantasies about being an actor.
In fact, I know I did.
- Peter Shaffer

I made, over the years in Cambridge,
several very good American friends,
and America appeared to me, a land of promise in every sense of that word,
a land of freedom from the inhibitions and restrictions that I felt in England.
- Peter Shaffer

They look so expectant, and then they look so depressed...
that was the other great lesson that The Royal Hunt of the Sun taught me,
it was the profundity that masked drama can achieve,
that of course, the audience were not seeing masks moving at all.
- Peter Shaffer

It is very, very difficult for a playwright to write
a scene in which a young man has his first deep experience
of sex with a girl whom he found immensely attractive,
is fully satisfied by this event and gets up and blinds a lot of horses.
- Peter Shaffer

We...
our war began September the 3rd 1939,
with the invasion of Poland by Germany,
and thereafter the great state of danger in England at that time,
with the bombings, necessitated the evacuation of children.
- Peter Shaffer

Sometimes we need the fog to remind ourselves
that all of life is not black and white.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It isn't a matter of black is beautiful as much as
it is white is not all that's beautiful.
- Bill Cosby

I wasn't always black...
there was this freckle, and it got bigger and bigger.
- Bill Cosby

And as he spoke of understanding,
I looked up and saw the rainbow leap
with flames of many colors over me.
- Black Elk

We are all one whether we dine on corned beef in New York City,
black-eyed peas and cornbread in rural Louisiana,
or roast guinea pig in Peru.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You know you're getting old when all the names in your black book have M. D. after them.
- Harrison Ford

I've said that playing the blues is like having to be black twice.
Stevie Ray Vaughan missed on both counts,
but I never noticed.
- B. B. King

If you want to make beautiful music,
you must play the black and the white notes together.
- Richard M. Nixon

The Sweetest Strawberry:
A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger.
He fled, the tiger after him.
Coming to a precipice,
he caught hold of the root of a wild vine
and swung himself over the edge.
The tiger sniffed at him from above.
Trembling, the man looked down to where,
far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him.
Only the vine sustained him.
Two mice, one white and one black,
little by little started to gnaw away the vine.
The man then saw a luscious strawberry near him.
Grasping the vine with one hand,
he plucked the strawberry with the other.
How sweet it tasted.
- Zen Koan

For myself I hold no preferences among flowers,
so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous.
Bricks to all greenhouses!
Black thumb and cutworm to the potted plant!
- Edward Abbey

Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark
cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn't there.
Theologians can persuade themselves of anything.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Do not call for black power or green power.
Call for brain power.
- Barbara Jordan

Hockey is a sport for white men.
Basketball is a sport for black men.
Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps.
- Tiger Woods

It was a black and white only computer at the time,
but it kept me fascinated.
- Buffy Sainte-Marie

You know it's going to hell when the best rapper out
there is white and the best golfer is black.
- Charles Barkley

For her fifth wedding, the bride wore black and carried a scotch and soda.
- Phyllis Battelle

The first black president will be a politician who is black.
- Doug Wilder

The tea baggers.
The one thing they hate is when you call them racist.
The other thing they hate is black people.
But they won't say it.
- Bill Maher

Being black, I'm involved in the reparations movement.
It's focused toward the African-American audience.
We could begin to heal.
- Cassandra Wilson

I have reached a state in life where I can buy a whole
house full of chairs and can bump into them until they are black and blue.
- Mercedes McCambridge

The man does not beat your head because you got a Cadillac
or because you got a Ford;
he beats you because you're black!
- H. Rap Brown

I'm a black American, I am proud of my race.
I am proud of who I am.
I have a lot of pride and dignity.
- Michael Jackson

We are not inferring design to account for a black box,
but to account for an open box.
- Michael Behe

I am a black man inside and outside and you are white men on the outside,
but inside, you are Africans like me.
- Olusegun Obasanjo

I'm against an all-white anything or an all-black anything.
- Charles Evers

The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp.
The reader, reading it, makes it live:
a live thing,
a story.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

It's definitely an intrinsic part of my makeup that
makes me want to see black when everyone else is seeing white.
- Shirley Manson

Black people have always been used as a buffer in this
country between powers to prevent class war.
- Toni Morrison

I think it talks about the fact that there are black
people in the world who have tremendous amount of talents
and have no channel through which they can those talents.
- Joe Morton

The only politics in this country that's relevant to
black people today is the politics of revolution...
none other.
- H. Rap Brown

I find, in being black, a thing of beauty:
a joy;
a strength; a secret cup of gladness.
- Ossie Davis

Watching television in those days was not the same
experience as it is today.
After years of listening to radio, we found the black-and-white images mesmerizing.
- Annette Funicello

The problem is the following, black music is increasing
encumbered by white elements,
often pleasant but always superfluous,
easily and advantageously replaced with black elements.
- Boris Vian

That's how we do it in the black community;
we give back to the people who made us who we are.
We never forget that.
- Snoop Dogg

In Men in Black, it was a very small character,
no pun intended.
- Verne Troyer

This nation is being divided into black and white,
and the present system encourages this.
- Pauline Hanson

In the beginning it was all black and white.
- Maureen O'Hara

Measured by any standard, white or black,
Washington must be regarded today as one of the great men of this country:
and in the future he will be so honored.
- Ray Stannard Baker

Liberals believe they own the franchise on minorities
and can't stand any Hispanic or black who breaks rank.
- Linda Chavez

What's more important than who's going to be the first
black manager is who's going to be the first black
sports editor of the New York Times.
- Bill Russell

The Black skin is not a badge of shame,
but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness.
- Marcus Garvey

I liked the fact that there were so many different
representations of black women and black men in the movie.
It wasn't like we all had the same agenda.
- Sanaa Lathan

I don't care if you're gay, black, Chinese,
straight.
That means nothing to me.
It's all an illusion.
- Joe Rogan

Black people must address itself to the causes of poverty.
That's oppression in this country.
- H. Rap Brown

Trust in yourself.
Your perceptions are often far more accurate than you are willing to believe.
- Claudia Black

When I look into the crowd, I see young and old,
black and white - it's amazing that I'm able to connect
with so many different kinds of people.
- Patti LaBelle


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