Treasure Island

Eugene O'Neill

(16 October 1888 – 27 November 1953 / New York City)

Quotations

  • ''Life is for each man a solitary cell whose walls are mirrors.''
    Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953), U.S. dramatist. Lazarus, in Lazarus Laughed, act 2, sc. 1 (1927).
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  • ''Man's loneliness is but his fear of life.''
    Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953), U.S. dramatist. Lazarus, in Lazarus Laughed, act. 3, sc. 2.
  • ''When men make gods, there is no God!''
    Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953), U.S. dramatist. Lazarus, in Lazarus Laughed, act 2, sc. 2 (1927).
  • ''The old—like children—talk to themselves, for they have reached that hopeless wisdom of experience which knows that though one were to cry it in the streets to multitudes, or whisper it in the kiss to one's beloved, the only ears that can ever hear one's secrets are one's own!''
    Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953), U.S. dramatist. Tiberius, in Lazarus Laughed, act 4, sc. 1. For a related comment, see Eric Hoffer's statement on talking to oneself, under "old age."

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Nocturne

The sunset gun booms out in hollow roar
Night breathes upon the waters of the bay
The river lies, a symphony in grey,
Melting in shadow on the further shore.

A sullen coal barge tugs its anchor chain
A shadow sinister, with one faint light
Flickering wanly in the dim twilight,
It lies upon the harbor like a stain.

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