August Wilson Quotes

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1. “Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.”

Tags : Character Courage Self Assessment Self Esteem Strength
Author : August Wilson

2. “My early attempts writing plays, which are very poetic, did not use the language that I work in now. I didn't recognize the poetry in everyday language of black America. I thought I had to change it to create art.”

Tags : Playwright Playwriting Writing Advice Writing Life
Author : August Wilson

3. “Sometimes you're lucky and you don't even know it.”

Tags : Lucky
Author : August Wilson
Source : Gem of the Ocean

4. “In the valley of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.”

Tags : Blindness
Author : August Wilson
Source : Gem of the Ocean

5. “Please, Mr. Engineer let a man ride the linePlease, Mr. Engineer let a man ride the lineI ain't got no ticket please let me ride the blinds”

Tags : Crossroads Forgiveness
Author : August Wilson
Source : Fences

6. “Herald Loomis, you shining! You shining like new money!”

Tags : Final Words Literary
Author : August Wilson
Source : Joe Turner's Come and Gone

7. “Like you? I go out of here every morning… bust my butt…putting up with them crackers everyday…cause I like you? You about the biggest fool I ever saw. It’s my JOB. It’s my RESPONSIBILITY! You understand that? A man got to take care of his family. You live in my house… sleep on my bed clothes…fill you belly up with my food… cause you my son. You my flesh and blood. Not ‘cause I like you! Cause it’s my duty to take care of you. I OWE a responsibility to you! Let’s get this straight right here… before it go along any further… I ain’t got to like you. Mr. Rand don’t five me money come payday cause he likes me. He gives me cause he OWE me. I done give you everything I had to give you. I gave you your life! Me and your mama worked that out between us. And liking your black ass wasn’t part of the bargain. Don’t try and go through life worrying about if somebody like you or not. You best be making sure they doing right by you. You understand what I’m saying, boy?”- August Wilson, Fences, 1986.”

Tags : August Wilson Fences
Author : August Wilson
Source : Fences

8. “Troy: "Then when I saw that gal [Alberta]...she firmed up my backbone. And I got to thinking that if I tried...I just might be able to steal second.”

Tags : August Wilson Fences
Author : August Wilson
Source : Fences

9. “Aunt Ester: He didn't care if anybody else knew if he did or not. He knew. He didn't do it for the people standing around watching. He did it for himself. He say I'd rather die in truth than to live a lie. That way he can say that his life is worth more than a bucket of nails. What is your life worth, Mr. Citizen? That what you got to find out. You got to find a way to live in truth. If you live right you die right.”

Tags : Live Your Life
Author : August Wilson
Source : Gem of the Ocean

10. “Everybody in a hurry to slow down.”

Tags : 56
Author : August Wilson
Source : Radio Golf

11. “You right! You one hundred percent right! I done spent the last seventeen years worrying about what you got. Now it’s your turn, see? I’ll tell you what to do. You grown . . . we don established that. You a man. Now, let’s see you act like one. Turn your behind around and walk out this yard. And when you get out there in the alley . . . you can forget about this house. See? Cause this is my house. You go on and be a man and get your own house. You can forget about this. You can forget about this. ‘Cause this is mine. You go on and get yours because I’m through with doing for you.”

Tags : Parenthood
Author : August Wilson
Source : Fences

12. “I been with strangers all day and they treated me like family. I come in here to family and you treat me like a stranger.”

Tags : Belonging Family
Author : August Wilson
Source : The Piano Lesson

13. “Don't you try and go through life worrying about if somebody like you or not. You best be making sure they doing right by you.”

Tags : Affection Like Respect
Author : August Wilson
Source : Fences

14. “Aunt Esther: You think you supposed to know everything. Life is a mystery. Don't you know life is a mystery? I see you still trying to figure it out. It ain't all for you to know. It's all an adventure. That's all life is. But you got to trust that adventure.”

Tags : Meaning Of Life
Author : August Wilson
Source : Gem of the Ocean

15. “Some people carry their luck with them and people got to find it.”

Tags : Luck
Author : August Wilson
Source : Gem of the Ocean

16. “Sometimes you find bad luck and good luck in the same place.”

Tags : Luck
Author : August Wilson
Source : Gem of the Ocean