"The first rule of translation: make sure you know at least one of the bloody languages!"
"The true subject of poetry is the loss of the beloved."
"I didn't become an actor until I was an old man of 28 or 29. I declared to the world that I was an actor. Nobody heard me, but I did declare it."
"The only mountain that I would still like to climb: I'd like to break 85."
"Love is the thing that enables a woman to sing while she mops up the floor after her husband has walked across it in his barn boots."
"I liked tap, because I liked hearing the results of my movements."
"When you are on stage, you don't see faces. The lights are in your eyes and you see just this black void out in front of you. And yet you know there is life out there, and you have to get your message across."
"Abba Lot went to seek wisdom from the renowned spiritual adviser, Abba Joseph. Abba Lot asked, “Abba, according as I am able, I keep my little rule, and my little fast, my daily prayers, meditation and contemplative silence; and according as I am able I strive to cleanse my heart of bad thoughts; and still I have not found what I seek; what more should I do?’The elder rose up in reply and stretched out his hands to heaven, and his fingers became like ten flaming lamps. He said, “Why not be totally changed into fire?"
"In writing, you must kill all your darlings."
"All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible."
"If one has not heard Wagner at Bayreuth, one has heard nothing! Take lots of handkerchiefs because you will cry a great deal! Also take a sedative because you will be exalted to the point of delirium!"
"What I think I’ve been able to do well over the years is play with pain, play with problems, play in all sorts of conditions."