Maxwell Anderson

1888 - 1959

A Quote by Maxwell Anderson on certainty, character, diet, faith, justice, leadership, life, mind, motherhood, mystery, secrets, and wine

Rudolph (the leading character): If you's go stop three tradesmen on the street, and ask the three what it is they live by, they'll reply at once, bread, meat and drink, and they'll be certain of it; victuals and drink, like the rhyme in Mother Goose, makes up their diet; nothing will be said of faith in things unseen, or following the gleam, just bread and meat and a can of wine to wash it down. But if you know them well, behind the fish-eyes and the bellies, if you know them better than they do, each one burns candles at some alter of his mind in secret; in secret often, from himself, each is a priest to some dim mystery by which he lives. Strip him of that, and bread and meat and wine won't nourish him . . . without his . . . hidden faith, he dies and goes to dust.

Maxwell Anderson (1888 - 1959)

Source: The Masque of Kings

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A Quote by Maxwell Anderson on heroism, play, seriousness, spirituality, and tragedy

From the point of view of the playwright, then, the essence of a tragedy, or even of a serious play, is the spiritual awakening, or regeneration, of his hero.

Maxwell Anderson (1888 - 1959)

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A Quote by Maxwell Anderson on art, heart, and practice

If you practice an art, be proud of it and make it proud of you. It may break your heart but it will fill your heart before it breaks it; it will make you a person in your own right.

Maxwell Anderson (1888 - 1959)

Source: New York Hearald Tribune, 7 March 1959.

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A Quote by Maxwell Anderson on age and men

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There are some men who lift the age they inhabit, till all men walk on higher ground in that lifetime.

Maxwell Anderson (1888 - 1959)

Source: Referring to George Washington in his play Valley Forge, act II, scene ii, 1937.

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A Quote by Maxwell Anderson on truth

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Truth's like a fire, and will burn through and be seen.

Maxwell Anderson (1888 - 1959)

Source: . . . As One Mad With Wine, by Elyse and Mike Sommer, 1991.

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A Quote by Maxwell Anderson on children, nature, and thought

A dramatist is usually thought of as a slightly benighted child of nature who somehow or other did it all on a Ouija board.

Maxwell Anderson (1888 - 1959)

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