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Eugene O'Neill

(16 October 1888 – 27 November 1953 / New York City)

Quotations

  • ''Life is for each man a solitary cell whose walls are mirrors.''
    Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953), U.S. dramatist. Lazarus, in Lazarus Laughed, act 2, sc. 1 (1927).
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  • ''Man's loneliness is but his fear of life.''
    Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953), U.S. dramatist. Lazarus, in Lazarus Laughed, act. 3, sc. 2.
  • ''When men make gods, there is no God!''
    Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953), U.S. dramatist. Lazarus, in Lazarus Laughed, act 2, sc. 2 (1927).
  • ''The old—like children—talk to themselves, for they have reached that hopeless wisdom of experience which knows that though one were to cry it in the streets to multitudes, or whisper it in the kiss to one's beloved, the only ears that can ever hear one's secrets are one's own!''
    Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953), U.S. dramatist. Tiberius, in Lazarus Laughed, act 4, sc. 1. For a related comment, see Eric Hoffer's statement on talking to oneself, under "old age."

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Even as a child

Even as a child
my face was “gloomy.” I found
few reasons to smile, none to laugh:
father gutting his great gifts
for the cheers of clowns.
For us. For money. My mother
dazed by drugs. My brother
charming, selfless. But also
smirking, corrupt. All lying,

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