Literary Birthday – 16 October – Eugene O’Neill


Five Quotes

  1. Man’s loneliness is but his fear of life.
  2. Obsessed by a fairy tale, we spend our lives searching for a magic door and a lost kingdom of peace.
  3. Life is for each man a solitary cell whose walls are mirrors.
  4. A man’s work is in danger of deteriorating when he thinks he has found the one best formula for doing it. If he thinks that, he is likely to feel that all he needs is merely to go on repeating himself … so long as a person is searching for better ways of doing his work, he is fairly safe.
  5. I used to think getting old was about vanity – but actually it’s about losing people you love. Getting wrinkles is trivial.

Eugene O’Neill was an American Nobel Prize winning playwright. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama four times. His plays involved characters on the fringes of society. He also wrote lead roles for African-American actors and inter-racial couples in the segregated society and theatre of the 1920s. Many of his plays were adapted for film, including The Iceman ComethAnna Christie, and Long Day’s Journey into Night.

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by Amanda Patterson