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John Patrick Shanley

American,  Playwright
Total Quotes : 24
Powerful Play Incredibly

'The Miracle Worker' is just such an incredibly powerful play on stage, and is so kinetic, and athletic.

- John Patrick Shanley

Play Doubt Opera

I did 'Doubt' as a film, a play and an opera.

- John Patrick Shanley

Country Other 1920s

I'm Irish as hell: Kelly on one side, Shanley on the other. My father had been born on a farm in the Irish Midlands. He and his brothers had been shepherds there, cattle and sheep, back in the early 1920s. I grew up surrounded by brogues and Irish music, but stayed away from the old country till I was over 40. I just couldn't own being Irish.

- John Patrick Shanley

Some Rigor Very

Conscience is the most dangerous thing you possess. If you wake it up, it may destroy you. To live a life of total moral rigor is not necessarily the way to go. It's the path for very few people. Most people need to come up with some kind of middle ground that satisfies their practical, moral, and philosophical esthetic needs.

- John Patrick Shanley

Doing Back Had

Back when you were doing plays like 'The Miracle Worker,' you had 20, 25 people in the cast. When you go to make the film, that's not such a stretch. But when you're doing plays like 'Proof,' it's just five people or something in the thing, and it gets to be a really difficult re-conception.

- John Patrick Shanley

Always Film Business Very

I've done very well in the film business. Whenever I have wanted something, the film business has given it to me. I'm very fortunate. My big problem in life has always been, 'What do I want?'

- John Patrick Shanley

Proud Like Hang

I would say that my parents were intermittently proud of me. They couldn't hang onto it, you know? It would come and go, like the flu.

- John Patrick Shanley

Give Caught Very

You have to live in order to have something to write about - you get caught up in moviemaking and celebrities and money, and it's very intoxicating, but it doesn't give you what you need as a writer. You have to do something else for that.

- John Patrick Shanley

Like Works Bulb

Monogamy is like a 40-watt bulb. It works, but it's not enough.

- John Patrick Shanley

Screenwriter Became

I became a playwright and screenwriter. Italian-Americans were my particular specialty. I liked the way they talked. There was something free in it.

- John Patrick Shanley

Father Old Finally

When I finally went to Ireland, I had to go. It was 1993. My father was finally too old to travel alone, and he asked me to take him home. When an old man asks you to take him home, you have to do it.

- John Patrick Shanley

House Direct Show

If you put someone in a room with no script to direct, they're just going to sit there. Writing scripts is the execution for a show. Then the director takes that and hires people. It's like trying to build a house without any bricks. You need the script. I could build the house, but I have to know how.

- John Patrick Shanley

Back Idea Marine

I was in the Marine Corps in 1971. The idea 'Where does authority come from?' is fascinating to me. And also, the idea of a chaplain is fascinating to me because it's a man of the cloth in uniform, and it's the uniform of a killing machine. Back when I was in the Corps, when I saw that, I was amazed by it.

- John Patrick Shanley

Blind Other Very

I adopted two children, then I got eye disease and five rounds of surgery. I went blind in one eye, then the other eye, and that went on for three or four years. I got very enamored and involved with the theater and did a lot of plays.

- John Patrick Shanley

Trying Big Big Challenge

Trying to lead an interesting life, a fruitful life, is a big challenge.

- John Patrick Shanley

Lunch May Directed

Women consume, and they must be directed what to consume, or they may identify you as lunch.

- John Patrick Shanley

Father Gift Very

When I visited Ireland with my father and heard the people on the farm talking, I couldn't believe the gift of language they had. I felt very untalented.

- John Patrick Shanley

Burn Some Brilliant

Some actors are brilliant in David Mamet, but they would crash and burn in my plays and visa-versa. You either have my music in your body, or you don't.

- John Patrick Shanley

Deep Some Though

It wasn't until I was 35 or 36, when I wrote 'Danny and the Deep Blue Sea,' that I began to get some notoriety, though I only made $5,000.

- John Patrick Shanley

Some Needed Been

I've been writing plays since the seventies and only came to moviemaking when I basically realized that I needed some money to pay the rent. I started to watch films with an eye to figuring out how to write them.

- John Patrick Shanley