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Edward Albee
American dramatist
(1928- )

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JERRY: I have learned that neither kindness nor cruelty by themselves, or independent of each other, create any effect beyond themselves.
-- The Zoo Story (1958)

JERRY: What I wanted to get is the value difference between pornographic playing-cards when you're a kid, and pornographic playing-cards when you'e older. When you're a kid you use the cards as a substitute for a real experience, and when you're older you use real experience as as a substitute for the fantasy.
-- The Zoo Story (1958)

GRANDMA: Nobody hears old people complain because people think that's all old people do. And that's because old people are gnarled and sagged and twisted into the shape of a complaint.
-- The American Dream (1960)

BESSIE: I am sick of the disparity between things as they are and things as they should be. I'm tired. I'm tired of the truth and tired of lying about the truth.
-- The Death of Bessie Smith (1960)

GEORGE: I'll tell you what game we'll play. We've done with Humiliate the Host... this round anyway... we've done with that... and we don't want to play Hump the Hostess, yet... not yet... So I know what we'll play... We'll play a round of Get the Guests.
-- Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1962)

GEORGE: You asked me if I knew women... Well, one of the things I do not know about women is what they talk about while the men are talking... I must find out some time.

MARTHA: I have a fine sense of the ridiculous, but no sense of humour.
-- Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1962)

GEORGE: By God, you gotta to have a swine to show you where the truffles are.
-- Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1962)

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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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