Acting 11 An Actor has a very short “life expectancy.” “An actor's success has the life expectancy of a small boy about to look into a gas tank with a lighted match.” Fred Allen. Portable Curmudgeon.
Acting 58 “She runs the gamut of emotions form A to B.” Dorothy Parker on Katharine Hepburn. Portable Curmudgeon.
Actors 1020 Actors are shadows on the wall and echoes of someone else’s thoughts. “It behooves actors…to vanish from the scene betimes, being, at best, but painted shadows flickering on the wall, and empty sounds that echo another’s thought….” Hawthorne: “P’s Correspondence” Hawthorne.
Addison xx “Addison...transformed the essay into a civilizing force...against coarseness and pedantry.” Introduction. Gross, ed. Essays.
Admiration 11 “Admiration: Our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves.” Ambrose Bierce. Portable Curmudgeon.
Adolescence 187 “Until the beginning of adolescence they were two synchronized machines.” Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude.
Adults and Children
Adults and children 611 If I have to be a child to enter Heaven, I want nothing to do with Heaven. “It was that verse about becoming again as a little child that caused the first sharp waning of my Christian sympathies; if the kingdom of Heaven could be entered only by those fulfilling such a condition I knew I should be unhappy there…was not the prospect of being deprived of money, keys, wallet, letters, books, long-playing records, drinks, the opposite sex, and other solaces of adulthood that upset me…but having to put up indefinitely with the company of other children, their noise, their nastiness, their boasting, their back-answers, their cruelty, their silliness.” Philip Larkin. “The Savage Seventh.” 1959. Gross, ed. Essays.
Adults and children 611 I don’t dislike people, just children. “The realization that it was not people I disliked but children was for me one of those celebrated moments of revelation” Philip Larkin. “The Savage Seventh.” 1959. Gross, ed. Essays.