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When the characters are really alive before their author,
by Luigi Pirandello

When the characters are really alive before their author,
the latter does nothing but follow them in their action,
in their words, in the situations which they suggest to him.
- Luigi Pirandello

Nature uses human imagination to lift her work of creation to even higher levels.
- Luigi Pirandello

You too must not count too much on your reality as you feel it today,
since like yesterday, it may prove an illusion for you tomorrow.
- Luigi Pirandello

The history of mankind is the history of ideas.
- Luigi Pirandello

 

Each of us, face to face with other men,
is clothed with some sort of dignity,
but we know only too well all the unspeakable things that go on in the heart.
- Luigi Pirandello

In bed my real love has always been the sleep that
rescued me by allowing me to dream.
- Luigi Pirandello

Drama is action, sir, action and not confounded philosophy.
- Luigi Pirandello

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A fact is like a sack - it won't stand up if it's empty.
To make it stand up, first you have to put in it all
the reasons and feelings that caused it in the first place.
- Luigi Pirandello

Whatever is a reality today, whatever you touch and
believe in and that seems real for you today,
is going to be - like the reality of yesterday -
an illusion tomorrow.
- Luigi Pirandello

I present myself to you in a form suitable to the relationship
I wish to achieve with you.
- Luigi Pirandello

Anyone can be heroic from time to time,
but a gentleman is something you have to be all the time.
- Luigi Pirandello

When you say you are in love with humanity,
you are well satisfied with yourself.
- Luigi Pirandello

Logic is one thing, the human animal another.
You can quite easily propose a logical solution to
something and at the same time hope in your heart of
hearts it won't work out.
- Luigi Pirandello

It is misery, you know, unspeakable misery for the
man who lives alone and who detests sordid,
casual affairs; not old enough to do without women,
but not young enough to be able to go and look for one without shame!
- Luigi Pirandello

Every true man, sir, who is a little above the level
of the beasts and plants does not live for the sake of living,
without knowing how to live; but he lives so as to
give a meaning and a value of his own to life.
- Luigi Pirandello

Whoever has the luck to be born a character can laugh even at death.
Because a character will never die!
A man will die, a writer, the instrument of creation:
but what he has created will never die!
- Luigi Pirandello

I would love to spend all my time writing to you;
I'd love to share with you all that goes through my mind,
all that weighs on my heart, all that gives air to my soul;
phantoms of art,
dreams that would be so beautiful if they could come true.
- Luigi Pirandello

When written in Chinese, the word "crisis"
is composed of two characters.
One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
- John F. Kennedy

The happiest moments my heart knows are those in which
it is pouring forth its affections to a few esteemed characters.
- Thomas Jefferson

I choose my friends for their good looks,
my acquaintances for their good characters,
and my enemies for their intellects.
A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
- Oscar Wilde

If you look at Marvel Comics, there are very few Marvel
characters I would like to write.
- Garth Ennis

I hope that doing truthful portrayals of people in
a variety of circumstances gives people a kind of subterranean
link to those characters.
- Mira Sorvino

The more varied the characters, the better,
as far as I'm concerned.
- Tim Roth

In particular, people have trouble understanding where
I stand in relation to my characters,
and very often this gets reduced to me making vicious fun of them.
- Todd Solondz

Comics as art.
I do comics as comics, and my opportunity to tell stories.
Simple.
Basic.
Let the characters have the excitement,
not the package.
That's where I come from.
- Jaime Hernandez

Hemingway was a prisoner of his style.
No one can talk like the characters in Hemingway except
the characters in Hemingway.
His style in the wildest sense finally killed him.
- William Burroughs

I'm in the business to push it.
I'm not likely to be attracted to characters I've already done.
- Mark Harmon

I try to ground most of my characters in reality somehow.
That's kind of what I bring to the table.
- Donnie Wahlberg

You can be interested in a Jane Smiley novel whether
or not anyone says a word.
She enters into her characters' thoughts with great understanding and depth.
- Richard Russo

Psychology is the science of the intellects,
characters and behavior of animals including man.
- Edward Thorndike

George Lucas puts those types of characters in for the kids.
Same with Jar Jar.
- Peter Mayhew

Normally, I name my characters after famous comedians.
- Paula Danziger

In real life, people are constantly saying one thing and doing another,
but if you write your characters that way,
the story becomes too hard to follow.
- Jessica Cutler

I am the common man.
I'm polite, I love my family and I play by the rules.
And sometimes I get pushed around.
That's my lifestyle, and that's what I try to bring to characters.
- Eugene Levy

You can't go around hoping that most people have sterling moral characters.
The most you can hope for is that people will pretend that they do.
- Fran Lebowitz

I have a cheat-sheet for each one of my characters about their personality,
the way they look, etc.
So there is no possible way that I could have writer's block.
- R. L. Stine

There are mystically in our faces certain characters
which carry in them the motto of our souls,
wherein he that cannot read A, B, C may read our natures.
- Thomas Browne

I expect that any day now, I will have said all I have to say;
I'll have used up all my characters,
and then I'll be free to get on with my real life.
- Anne Tyler

It is three and a half hours long, four characters
wide and a cesspool deep.
- John Jay Chapman

My characters are driven by a passionate desire for justice.
They are rebellious and incorruptible.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

No author has created with less emphasis such pathetic
characters as Chekhov has.
- Vladimir Nabokov

I remember the guest stars who came,
they were always trying to find a new plot for their
characters because they wanted to stay.
It was really a great working environment.
- Caroline Dhavernas

It's kind of ironic that the two sports with the greatest characters,
boxing and horse racing, have both been on the decline.
In both cases it's for the lack of a suitable hero.
- Dick Schaap

Yeah, you know, within the context of TV families,
these are pretty unsavory characters.
- Will Arnett

The language fictional characters use is chosen for effect,
at least if the author is concentrating.
- John M. Ford

My characters are always on the outside;
the spotlight's not on them.
But they do get somewhere.
- Jeanette Winterson

The more gifted and talkative one's characters are,
the greater the chances of their resembling the author in tone or tint of mind.
- Vladimir Nabokov

I try to trace the connection between the characters
and that way a story or plot emerges.
- Anita Desai

The maxims of men reveal their characters.
- Luc de Clapier

I never act my characters - I am them.
- Drew Barrymore

With a film, I do my best to understand the author's
intentions and try to bring the characters to life.
- Bruce Beresford

Because they feel that without them telling you to do this,
you wouldn't have had the characters that you have,
you wouldn't have the book that you have.
- Dan DeCarlo

I just have my own taste, and I just try and stick with that.
I'm just trying to play as many characters as I can
for as long as I have an opportunity to.
- Ryan Gosling

I do like to explore evil characters in my books.
- Thomas Perry

I think I am more attracted to characters with a subtext,
whatever that is and they don't necessarily have to be virtuous,
but they have to at least be human.
- Clive Owen

I think people enjoy a series.
When you like a story, many readers want more of the same,
which is dandy, if the author and the characters have more to say.
- Sarah Zettel

I've played a heroin addict and a speed freak and dark
characters throughout my career.
- Meg Ryan

If the novelist shares his or her problems with the characters,
he or she is able to study his personal unconscious.
- Manuel Puig

There was no difference between my characters and the
life my readers were going to have to face.
- Carl Barks

It's hard to leave behind scenes and characters I am in love with.
- John Harrison

Every autobiography is concerned with two characters,
a Don Quixote, the Ego, and a Sancho Panza,
the Self.
- W. H. Auden

Every reader knows about the feeling that characters
in books seem more real than real people.
- Cornelia Funke

Part of the success of the show is that the audience
sees themselves in the characters,
becomes the characters.
The more they inhabit the characters,
the more they see.
- Bebe Neuwirth

There's so much of, it could have been a very critical
examination of what happened,
and really the emotional lives of the people involved
sort of carry the characters forward.
- Jeremy Northam

The more you are known, the more difficult it is to hide behind characters.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

Our characters were antiseptic but we weren't.
And if you remember what we did on BATMAN,
as the scripts were written very funny,
we played them very straight.
- Burt Ward

I sometimes feel like I could do another job.
Anything.
Maybe because as an actress you're playing different characters,
everything feels possible.
- Juliette Binoche

If you watch the show and the characters don't look
at each other while they're talking,
the actors probably aren't getting along.
- Victoria Pratt

I haven't seen the film yet because I just got in from London.
In the scenes where the two characters are bantering with each other,
it is like bobbing at the net in tennis.
- Albert Finney

We're showing kids a world that is very scantily populated
with women and female characters.
They should see female characters taking up half the planet,
which we do.
- Geena Davis

I think almost always that what gets me going with
a story is the atmosphere,
the visual imagery, and then I people it with characters,
not the other way around.
- Ann Beattie


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