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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A Regular Sort of a Guy

He fights where the fighting is thickest
And keeps his high honor clean;
From finish to start, he is sturdy of heart,
Shunning the petty and mean;
With his friends in their travail and sorrow,
He is ever there to stand by,
And hark to their plea, for they all know that he
Is a regular sort of a guy.

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