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Quotations From ALFRED JARRY

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  • 1.
    You're looking exceptionally ugly tonight, Madam, is it because we have company?
    Alfred Jarry (1873-1907), French playwright, author. Father Ubu, in Ubu Rex, act 1, sc. 2 (1896).
  • 2.
    It is conventional to call "monster" any blending of dissonant elements.... I call "monster" every original inexhaustible beauty.
    Alfred Jarry (1873-1907), French playwright, author. repr. In Roger Shattuck, The Banquet Years, ch. 8 (1958). L'Ymagier (Paris, 1894).

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  • 3.
    The theater, bringing impersonal masks to life, is only for those who are virile enough to create new life: either as a conflict of passions subtler than those we already know, or as a complete new character.
    Alfred Jarry (1873-1907), French playwright, author. repr. in Selected Works of Alfred Jarry, eds. Roger Shattuck and Simon Watson Taylor (1965). "Twelve Theatrical Topics," Topic 4, Dossiers Acénonètes due Collège de Pataphysique, no. 5 (Paris, 1960).

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  • 4.
    We believe ... that the applause of silence is the only kind that counts.
    Alfred Jarry (1873-1907), French playwright, author. repr. in The Selected Works of Alfred Jarry, eds. Roger Shattuck and Simon Watson Taylor (1965). "Twelve Theatrical Topics," topic 12, published in Dossiers Acénonètes due Collège de 'Pataphysique, no. 5 (1960).

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  • 5.
    Blind and unwavering indiscipline at all times constitutes the real strength of all free men.
    Alfred Jarry (1873-1907), French playwright, author. Corporal, in Ubu Enchained, act 1, sc. 2.

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  • 6.
    The virtue of dress rehearsals is that they are a free show for a select group of artists and friends of the author, and where for one unique evening the audience is almost expurgated of idiots.
    Alfred Jarry (1873-1907), French playwright, author. repr. in Selected Works of Alfred Jarry, eds. Roger Shattuck and Simon Watson Taylor (1965). "Twelve Theatrical Topics," Topic 8 (1960).
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