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Edward Albee
Born (1928-03-12)March 12, 1928
Virginia, U.S.
Died September 16, 2016(2016-09-16) (aged 88)
Montauk, New York, U.S.
Occupation Dramatist
Nationality American
Period 1958–2016
Notable works Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
The Zoo Story
A Delicate Balance
The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?
Notable awards Pulitzer Prize for Drama (1967, 1975, and 1994)
Tony Award for Best Play (1963 and 2002)
National Medal of Arts (1996)
Special Tony Award (2005)
America Award in Literature (2015)
Partner

Jonathan Thomas (m. 1971; his death 2005)

The thing that makes a creative person is to be creative and that is all there is to it.
Edward Albee
A play is fiction - and fiction is fact distilled into truth.
My exposure to Beckett and to late O'Neill was probably important right at the time I gave up poetry and the novel.
Edward Albee
I swear, if you existed I'd divorce you.
If Attila the Hun were alive today, he'd be a drama critic.
You gotta have swine to show you where the truffles are.
One must let the play happen to one; one must let the mind loose to respond as it will, to receive impressions, to sense rather than know, to gather rather than immediately understand.
Edward Albee
What people really want in the theater is fantasy involvement and not reality involvement.
Edward Albee
The avant-garde theater is fun; it is free-swinging, bold, iconoclastic, and often wildly, wildly funny. If you will approach it with childlike innocence – putting your standard responses aside, for they do not apply – if you will approach it on its own terms, I think you will be in for a liberating surprise.
Edward Albee
Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it. A good writer turns fact into truth; a bad writer will, more often than not, accomplish the opposite.
Edward Albee
I'm not suggesting that the play is without fault; all of my plays are imperfect, I'm rather happy to say-it leaves me something to do.
Edward Albee
Sometimes it's necessary to go a long distance out of the way in order to come back a short distance correctly.
Edward Albee
I have a fine sense of the ridiculous, but no sense of humor.
American critics are like American universities. They both have dull and half-dead faculties.
Edward Albee
Never marry for money; you can borrow it cheaper.
American critics are like American universities. They both have dull and half-dead faculties.
Edward Albee
The difference between critics and audiences is that one is a group of humans and one is not.
Edward Albee
Sometimes a person has to go a very long distance out of his way to come back a short distance correctly.
Edward Albee
Old people whimper, and cry, and belch, and make great hollow rumbling sounds at table; old people wake up in the middle of the night screaming, and find out they haven't even been asleep; and when old people are asleep, they try to wake up, and they can't… not for the longest time.
Edward Albee
Careers are funny things. They begin mysteriously and, just as mysteriously, they can end; and I am at just the very beginning of what I hope will be a long and satisfying life in the theater. But, whatever happens, I am grateful to have had my novice work received so well, and so quickly.
Edward Albee
Your source material is the people you know, not those you don't know, but every character is an extension of the author's own personality.
Edward Albee
He that has been bitten by a snake is afraid of a rope.
It's a good idea to have friends both in Heaven and in Hell.
Remember one thing about democracy. We can have anything we want and at the same time, we always end up with exactly what we deserve.
Edward Albee
I am convinced that no one is fully educated without a full grounding in the arts.
Edward Albee
That's all that counts. People being sorry. Makes you feel better; gives you a sense of dignity, and that's all that's important; a sense of dignity. And it doesn't matter if you don't care or not, either. You got to have a sense of dignity, even if you don't care, 'cause, if you don't have that, civilization's doomed.
Edward Albee