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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Weary am I of the tumult, sick of the staring crowd,
Pining for wild sea places where the soul may think aloud.
Fled is the glamour of cities, dead as the ghost of a dream,
While I pine anew for the tint of blue on the breast of the old Gulf Stream.

I have had my dance with Folly, nor do I shirk the blame ;
I have sipped the so-called Wine of Life and paid the price of shame;
But I know that I shall find surcease, the rest my spirit craves,
Where the rainbows play in the flying s

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