MAXWELL ANDERSON QUOTES

American playwright (1888-1959)

Maxwell Anderson quote

We live in a world of shadows ... we are not what we are, but what is said of us and what we read in others' eyes.

MAXWELL ANDERSON, Mary of Scotland

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Heaven is always taken by storm.

MAXWELL ANDERSON, Elizabeth the Queen

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All men have crimes, and most of them are hidden.

MAXWELL ANDERSON, Winterset

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What the devil's a king but a man, or a queen but a woman?

MAXWELL ANDERSON, Elizabeth the Queen

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When we're young we have faith in what is seen, but when we're old we know that what is seen is traced in air and built on water.

MAXWELL ANDERSON, Winterset

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The more suddenly you act the less effort will be needed.

MAXWELL ANDERSON, Mary of Scotland

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A woman's mind and spirit are no better than those of the man she lies under in the night.

MAXWELL ANDERSON, Mary of Scotland

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Nothing is made by men but makes, in the end, good ruins.

MAXWELL ANDERSON, High Tor

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This thing that men call justice, this blind snake that strikes men down in the dark, mindless with fury, keep your hand back from it, pass by in silence.

MAXWELL ANDERSON, Winterset

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The years are long, and full of sharp, wearing days
That wear out what we are and what we have been
And change us into people we do not know,
Living among strangers.

MAXWELL ANDERSON, Elizabeth the Queen

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This liberty will look easy by and by when nobody dies to get it.

MAXWELL ANDERSON, Valley Forge

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Will you tell me how a man's to live, and face his life, if he can't believe that truth's like a fire, and will burn through and be seen though it takes all the years there are? While I stand up and have breath in my lungs I shall be one flame of that fire; it's all the life I have.

MAXWELL ANDERSON, Winterset

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Now can it be men die and carry thence no memory of death, only this curious lightness of the hands, only this curious darkness of the mind, only to be still changeless with the winters passing; not gray, not lined, not stricken down, but stamped forever on the moving air, and echo and an image?

MAXWELL ANDERSON, High Tor

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This modern craze for biographical information leaves me cold for many reasons. For one thing, it's always inaccurate; for another, it's so bound up with publicity and other varieties of idiocy that it gags a person of any sensibility. For another, to be heralded is to become a candidate for the newest list of "the busted geniuses of yester-year" of whom I hope never to be one.

MAXWELL ANDERSON, letter in response to a request for an interview, The Players Magazine, 1959

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We ask a great deal of the world at first -- then less -- and then less.

MAXWELL ANDERSON, Winterset

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The ground we walk on is impacted down and hard with blood and bones of those who died unjustly. There's not one title to land or life, even your own, but was built on rape and murder, back a few years. It would take a fire indeed to burn out all this error.

MAXWELL ANDERSON, Winterset

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If you practice an art, be proud of it and make it proud of you.... It may break your heart, but it will fill your heart before it breaks it.

MAXWELL ANDERSON, attributed, Words of Wisdom

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One must live as he can.

MAXWELL ANDERSON, Winterset

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The gods of men are sillier than their kings and queens, and emptier and more powerless.

MAXWELL ANDERSON, Elizabeth the Queen

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There are no wizards and no spells. Just men and women and money and the earth the way it always was.

MAXWELL ANDERSON, High Tor

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